Dennis Eugene Koep, 88, Sauk Rapids
July 29, 1933 - November 29, 2021
Dennis Eugene Koep, age 88, passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital on Monday, November 29, 2021. Funeral Services, officiated by Pastor Steve Klemp, will be held at a later date at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Dennis was born July 29, 1933 in Alexandria, MN to Evangeline Koeplin, who later married Andrew Koep. He attended his first school years at District 33, Nidaros Township and the Vining and Clitherall Public Schools. Dennis finished high school at Battle Lake Public School and graduated in 1952. He served from 1953-1955 in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After the army, he became a certified diesel mechanic and worked for Butler Machinery Co. in Fargo and Grand Forks for five years. Dennis was united in marriage to Verna Bendickson on November 29th, 1957, and they lived in Grand Forks for two and a half years. He then took a job in road construction with Tennefos Construction Company and worked in various parts of North and South Dakota before moving to Brainerd in 1963, where he operated a gas station and Brainerd Truck Service for five years. In 1968 he was employed as General Manager at Central Truck Equipment in St. Cloud. Then in 1978 he worked as a licensed Real Estate Agent, built homes, and developed Brenda Lee Addition in Sartell. He also was a school bus driver for a number of years. In his later years, he and Verna operated an out-post telephone book delivery route. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and served on boards including Lay Ministry, Christian Education Chairman and school board. Dennis then became a member of Love of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Cloud where he served as an Elder. He was a member of the American Legion Post 254 and served as a former Chaplain and Vice Commander. Dennis enjoyed tending his various vegetable and flower gardens, deer hunting, wine making, camping and family trips, traveling in the motor home with Verna, and spending time with his family and friends. He loved his bobcat as one of his favorite toys. He had a strong faith, great sense of humor, enjoyed story-telling, loved learning new things, being frugal, and working with his hands. He had a very mechanical mind and could fix most anything!
Dennis is survived by his wife, Verna of Sauk Rapids; children, David (Sandra) Koep of Rice, Marla (Terry) Elness of Sauk Rapids, Brenda (David) Hallman of Maple Grove, and Sandra (Wayne) Rymer of Alexandria; sister, Yvonne Olson of Fergus Falls; brother, Allen Koep of Battle Lake; six grandchildren: Kyle, Drew, Candice, Kelly, Jordan and Megan; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father Andrew Koep; and half-brother, Lee Peterson of Oregon.