John Robert Dennis - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 30, 1948 - February 9, 2021

John Robert Dennis, age 72, of Richfield, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021. John was born July 30, 1948, in Minneapolis, MN to Warren, Sr. and Elsie Dennis. He was confirmed at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of attended Richfield High School, from which he graduated in the Class of 1966. John studied at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education. John was industrious, and he worked numerous jobs. The most notable position was with the United States Postal Service.

John was an avid world traveler. He traveled to many countries and seemed to especially enjoy Europe, most particularly Holland. In addition, he had a rabid interest in national and world affairs and an insatiable appetite for news and all types of media including newspapers, magazines, and television. He was knowledgeable on national and world events such as the Apollo moon landing. He collected numerous pictures and memorabilia of the same and items that he had sent to the White House for Presidential autographs. John loved Christmas music and kept a CD player at his bedside. In later years when he resided in long-term care, he would sometimes get lightly chided for playing his Christmas music in July. He would smile and play his Christmas music anyway.

John had a good sense of humor. While on the phone, he would commonly share a limerick or a short rhyming poem. He readily expressed love for his family members, and often concluded a conversation with "I love you" or "I love you more." John was outgoing and easily made friends. Once he formed a friendship, he was faithful to his friends and his friendships were enduring. One such friend was Steve Wise of Bloomington. John's friendship with Steve lasted decades.

John was a gifted artist, facile in many mediums, and he had a great eye for design. He was a collector and avid shopper for bargains, and antiques. He maintained collections of coins, stamps, and sports cards. In his numerous frequent shopping trips, he was always looking for items to gift to those he cared about. John was generous, kind, and thoughtful throughout his life.

John was the third of seven children. He is survived by siblings, Warren Dennis, Jr. of Austin, TX' Judy (Dennis) Lueth and husband, John of Young America, MN; Stephen Dennis and wife Carol (Priebe), of Plymouth, MN; Ruth (Dennis) Lindquist and husband, Jim of Lakeville; Brian Dennis of St. Paul, MN, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn Dennis Rothman.

John struggled with adversities in the latter years of his life. Despite this, he showed fortitude, courage, strength, love, and Faith each day of his life. John will be greatly missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, in Richfield, MN. A private celebration of life is planned, with private interment at a later date.

Condolences and memorials may be posted or sent in John's name.

Memorials may be given to Woodlake Lutheran Church, 2120 West 76th Street, Richfield, MN 55423


  1. Fred and Dee Johnson says:

    Our sympathy to the family. Love to all you brothers and sisters.

  2. Brian Dennis says:

    He was a very generous brother and would’ve done well having tea with the Queen of England as opposed to attending a football game.

  3. Judy Feltmann says:

    Judy & John and other siblings, Sorry for the loss of your brother.It sounds like he was a great person to know. Remember all the wonderful times you shared together.

  4. Bob Anderson says:

    John and I were co-workers in the late 1960s. What a great guy! Always had a smile, and a wicked sense of humor. RIP my friend.

  5. John started out as a customer in our store, but became a very true friend. We loved his visits and catching up on world affairs. When John could no longer come to us we took our visits to him, and had a blast with all his jokes. I think all our employees went to see John and visited him. Then corvid and we could only do phone call, and he was always upbeat, and more jokes and poems. John we will all miss you and if we can remember them all, we will pass along your jokes. Micky & Steve Mariette & all the employees at Touch of Home Furnishing.

    • Dena Reiners says:

      You will be dearly missed John. Always looked forward to your visits to the store and your jokes would always put a smile on our faces. Rest in peace. Dena

  6. Sandra Constantine says:

    What a beautiful live he lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Your old neighbors, the Andersons — Dorothy, Howard, Sandy, Corinne, and Greg.

  7. Fred rogers says:

    Just found out..grew up with John ret in peace my friend.

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