Dennis Michael Strand, age 69, of Saint Peter, Minnesota died Tuesday, November 23rd after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year.
Dennis was born February 24, 1952 to Bud and Revee Strand. He graduated from St. Peter High School in 1970. A proud veteran, Dennis served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. On May 5th, 1973 he married Catherine Albrecht at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Dennis was a mail carrier and worked for the post office for 35 years. His uncanny ability to recall addresses of former mail route patrons was a testament to how much he appreciated all the people he met during his career. After retiring in 2007, he joined the Nicollet County Sheriff’s office as a courthouse bailiff, where it seems he found his true calling.
His greatest joy in life was being Papa to Ryan, Courtney, Reed, Tori, and Revee. Time spent at the lake with his friends and family was where he was the happiest. Selling bingo cards at the American Legion with the A Team, the Green Bay Packers, Jeopardy, Sunday funnies and his Irish heritage were a few of his favorite things. Notoriously unlucky at both hunting and fishing, he rarely turned down the opportunity to share a Keystone Light in deer camp or in the fishing boat.
He is survived by his wife Cathy and their children Ann (Mike) Domras, Nick (Erin) and Kaitlin Strand; sister Jean (Jeff) Germscheid, brothers Gary and Tim (Gail) Strand. Dennis is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Steve and David, in laws Curt & Harriet Albrecht, and best friend John Kennedy.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 4th from 10:30am-12:30pm, with a memorial service to follow at 1:00 pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial is at Greenhill Cemetery with military honors.
Dennis’s family would like to express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support both during his illness and after his death. The number of people who were touched by his life have been greater than imagined and we take both comfort and pride in how loved he was.
At the time of his diagnosis Dennis told us all he wasn’t afraid to die. We are comforted in knowing he was ready to move on from this life and we will be reunited with him in heaven.