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Dennis C. Van Beek

August 21, 1931 ~ November 15, 2020 (age 89)


Van Beek, Dennis C. 

 Madison:  Dennis C. Van Beek passed away peacefully on November 15th due to complications from Parkinson's Disease at St. Mary's Care Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Dennis was born the third of four children on August 21, 1931 in Holland, Minnesota to Gerritt and Mary (De Wilde) Van Beek. Dennis graduated from Pipestone High School in 1949. He attended South Dakota State College for one year. Dennis is a proud U.S. Marine serving from 1951 to 1954. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1957 with a degree in Animal Science.  He retired from the Federal Government in 1993. Upon retirement he drove school bus and worked at Goodwill. In 1956 Dennis married the love of his life Colleen Shaw in Tracy, Minnesota.  He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Geraldine McDaniel and Della Grace Albano. He is survived by his loving wife Colleen, 6 children, Julie VanBeek-Drogemuller (Peter), Daniel (Gail), Elizabeth Roessler (Michael), Patrick (Karen), Thomas (Karen), Matthew (Heidi). 12 grandchildren Taylor, Ted, Leigh Drogemuller, Dustin and Chad Roessler, Hunter (Kayla) and Nicole, Kelsie (Collin) Eric, Kyle, Marie and Garret. Brother Perry and wife Kate. The families first great grandchild is due in March.  Dennis enjoyed a good game of cards and many bicycle trips with Colleen on the tandem. He was an avid hunter always up for an adventurous trip with his sons and grandsons. Most of all he treasured his family, and a good nap. Due to COVID, a memorial service will not be held.

 Memorials may be made to: SSM Health at Home / Hospice - 2802 Walton Commons, Madison WI. 53718, or a charity of your choice.

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