Denis J. Feneis, 90, St. Cloud
June 5, 1925 - December 29, 2015
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Denis Feneis, who died on Tuesday, December 29th at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud. St. Anthony parish prayers will be at 5:00 p.m., followed by the VFW Post #428 praying at 6:00 p.m. One hour of additional visitation will precede the service on Monday.
Denis was born in St. Cloud to Aloys J. and Kathryn (Brunner) Feneis. He grew up in St. Cloud and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1943. Denis enlisted in the United States Air Force during WWII, intending to come back in one piece or not at all. He flew 40 successful missions over the Pacific as a gunner and radio operator in a B24 bomber, surviving three midair collisions. In one of his many jobs, Denis worked as a foreman for Gunner Johnson Construction during the construction of Stuart Hall at St. Cloud Teachers College (SCSU). He married Mary Lou Braun on June 21, 1949 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. For 17 years, he worked for the Great Northern Railroad. On November 22, 1963, Denis established East Side Oil Company in St. Cloud. Denis was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud, the VFW Post #428 of St. Cloud, and the Knights of Columbus.
Denis is survived by his children, Patty (Tom) Murn of St. Cloud; Jim (Brenda Olson) Feneis of Sauk Rapids; Dan (Yvonne) Feneis of St. Cloud; Lucy (Kent Halverson) Feneis of Golden Valley, grandchildren, Brian (Allison) Feneis Murn, Sarah Feneis Murn, Nicholas Aloys Feneis, Neil David Feneis, Ella Louise Feneis Halverson and Jack Bradley Feneis Halverson. He is also survived by his wonderful life partner of 18 years, Patsy Bludorn of St. Cloud and sister, Dorithe Weber of Sauk Rapids.
Denis was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Lou, on March 15, 1995; brother, Al; and infant brother William.
Denis’ family would like to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff on the first floor of building 48 at the VA Medical Center for the excellent care given to Denis.
In honor of Denis Feneis, East Side Oil Company/First Fuel Bank offices will be closed Monday, January 4, 2016. We’ll miss you Daddy-O!