Dennis Michael “Denny” Valentyn Sr., 67, of Cambridge, passed away
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 13, 1943 in Faribault, Minn. to Harry and Joanna
(Langeslag) Valentyn. Dennis grew up in Faribault, attending grade
school at St. Lawrence Catholic School and graduating from Faribault
High School in 1962. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and
served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged after serving
two years. After the service, he attended Faribault Vocational School.
He later joined the Army Reserves and served for 27 years.
On June 4, 1966 he was united in marriage to Margaret Naughton at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Faribault. They made their home in Faribault and raised their son Dennis Jr. In 1979 the family moved to Cambridge. In March 1979 Dennis became the Unit Administrator for the Army Reserves in Cambridge and retired Nov. 13, 2003. After retiring, Dennis worked part time for Merwin Pharmacy delivering medication and continued working there until September 2010.
Dennis was a member of the Isanti County Safety and Rescue, the Cambridge American Legion, and Christ The King Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching his two grandchildren’s sporting events, and spending time at his place on Mille Lacs Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lambert “Fat,” Clarence “Val” and sister TheoDora “Toots.” Dennis is survived by his wife Margaret “Marge,” son Dennis Jr. and wife Brenda Valentyn, two grandchildren Michael and Jessica Valentyn all of Cambridge, brother Francis “Bubs” Valentyn of Faribault, sister MaryJo Miller of Faribault, as well as numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Christ The King Catholic Church with Father James Hahn officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Jim, Danny and Keith Valentyn, Gary, Dick and Brian Wandrey.
Military honors to be provided by the Cambridge American Legion. Interment will be in Christ The King Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.