Dennis Besch

Feb. 5, 1948 — Feb. 3, 2018


Funeral Mass for Dennis Besch was celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona with Father Edward Girres officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Whittemore.

Dennis James Besch, 69, of Algona was born Feb. 5, 1948 to Michael and Pearl (Higley) Besch in Whittemore, Ia.  He attended school at St. Michaels Academy in Whittemore later graduating from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1966.

On Aug. 7, 1970, Dennis married Judy Wolter and together they had four wonderful children; Julie, Jenifer, Douglas, and Daniel.

Dennis began his financial career after graduating from Mankato State University.  Many lasting friendships were made along his financial journey through various towns including; Mankato, Rochester, East Grand Forks and St. Cloud, Minn.  Also Dubuque, the Quad Cities, Algona and Manson, Ia.  After retirement Dennis and Judy returned to Algona where he drove the city taxi.

     Dennis enjoyed golfing, playing cards, camping, watching sports, he was an avid Viking fan. He was instrumental in the Cub Scouting program when Dan and Doug were young.

Dennis was a member of St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church.  Throughout his life he was honored to serve in various parishes as Eucharistic Minister, lector, church councils, music director/choir, usher.  His faith was extremely important.  He helped implement KC council and was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus including Faithful Navigator of the Fort Dodge Council. Dennis faithfully attended the Jesuit Retreat every spring. This was a battery charge and he so looked forward to that special time with God.

     Dennis has also been involved in Jaycees, Lion Club, various chambers, Iowa Bankers Corp. and until January served on the Board of Directors for the Manson State Bank.

Dennis died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, morning, at home just shy of his 70th birthday.

He is survived by his wife, Judy of Algona; Children: Julie (Shon) Bruellman of Granger, Ia.; Jenifer (Greg) Howerton of Nampa, Idaho; Douglas (Sarah) Besch of Overland Park, Kan.; Daniel (Danae) Besch of Riverside, Ia.; Grandchildren: Andrew (Kait) Bruellman, Tanner (Mary) Bruellman, Anthony (Samantha) Bruellman; Kaitlyn and Alex Howerton; Julia, Luke, Elyse and Garrett Besch; Brinksten and Briella Besch; Great-grandchildren, Grace Bruellman and another one due in July.  He also had a furry friend, Gizmo.

Also surviving is his sister, Lois Grandgenett, sisters-in-law, Rosemary Besch, Betty (Jim) Slothower.  Brothers-in-law, Ernie (Lynn) Wolter, Steve Wolter, Bruce (Teresa) Wolter, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Pearl Besch, brother, Jerome, brother-in-law, Don Grandgenett and parents-in-law, Harold and Ruby Wolter.

Dennis was diagnosed with cancer in June 2015.  Although this was difficult news to digest in the horizontal, it ultimately drove Dennis to a deeper understanding of who God is. He committed his life to Christ and committed to suffering well for the sake of the Gospel.  This caused Dennis to have a hope of the inheritance stored up for him in HEAVEN.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. Condolences may be left at


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14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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