Dennis Stuetelberg


August 21, 1949 - May 28, 2019


Dennis Craig Stuetelberg, 69, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Mitchell, SD at Avera Brady Health and Rehabilitation. Dennis and Laura, his wife of 47 years, were long-time residents of Atlantic, IA. They relocated to South Dakota in 2017 to be close to family.

Denny was born August 21, 1949, in Atlantic, IA to his parents, Robert and Janet Stuetelberg. He graduated from Atlantic High School, received a degree in Pharmacy from South Dakota State University in 1973 and returned to his hometown to proudly serve as the pharmacist, partner, and owner of Rex Pharmacy and Atlantic Medical Center Pharmacy for over 40 years.  Denny was known for being warm and caring, filling prescriptions at any hour to ensure the area residents received the best possible care.

Denny was devoted to his community.  He was an active member of the Atlantic Rotary Club, Atlantic School Foundation and Senior Alumni Scholarship Foundation, First United Methodist Church, and Atlantic Golf & Country Club.  Denny served on the Atlantic School Board.   He also enjoyed mentoring youth as an academic tutor and Eagle Scout. 

Denny and Laura were blessed with two wonderful children, Tracy and Nick. Tracy married Paul Williams and additionally blessed them with three grandchildren - Alexander, Brady and, Chelsea.  Denny adored his grandchildren and enjoyed following their progress in academics and athletics.  As a life-long Iowa Hawkeye fan, he was pleased to see his grandkids cheer for the Hawks and carry on the black and gold tradition.

Denny enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He looked forward to annual ski trips, summer vacations in the Tetons, and many other family vacations.  He enjoyed collecting antiques, Atlantic history, trivia, and photography.  

Denny is survived by his wife, Laura, daughter, Tracy (Paul) Williams of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, and son, Nick Stuetelberg of Mitchell, South Dakota.  He is also survived by grandchildren Alexander, Brady, and Chelsea Williams, brother, Brent (Pat) Stuetelberg, nephew, Ben Stuetelberg, niece, Beth (Shyrod) Long and their children, Trey and Kalin, sisters-in-law Vonnie Koopal, Joan (Harley) DeVelder, Ruth Koopal, Nancy (Jim) Schade, Rose Marie Olson, Marlys (Vernon) Walkling and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Janet Stuetelberg, parents-in-law, Art and Rosie Hubers, sister-in-law, Doris Hubers and brothers-in-law Mark Hooper, Robert Koopal and Tim Olson.

Graveside services will be 11:00 am Saturday, June 8, at the New Holland Cemetery in New Holland, SD with a reception following at the church. A celebration of life will be held at 4:30 pm, Saturday, June 29, at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club in Atlantic, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials are made to Atlantic Senior Alumni Scholarship Foundation, the Atlantic School Foundation, and Avera Brady Physical Therapy Department.

A special thank you to Avera Nursing and Rehab for their excellent and loving care of Denny and to Avera at Home Hospice Services for their care and support during his final days.  Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Bittner Funeral Chapel.


Saturday, June 29, 2019
4:30 PM
Celebration of Life

Atlantic Golf and Country Club
102 W 29th St
Atlantic, IA 50022


Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:00 AM
Graveside Service
New Holland Cemetery
New Holland, South Dakota

Posted by Terri and Mike Schaeuble on June 15, 2019
Denny was one of my longest and most loved friends. Laura, Nick, Tracy and their families are in our prayers.
Posted by Charley Podolak on June 6, 2019
So sorry to hear. We will miss Dennis during our gathering in July! Thinking of yo Laura!
Posted by Kristin Bos on June 4, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to Tracy and the entire family. Praying for comfort as you look back on the many wonderful memories shared. Hugs to all!
- The Bos Family
Posted by Garnet harris on June 3, 2019
Denny was a good friend to me as fellow pharmacy students, fellow pharmacists.
What a great pix of Denny on Bittner website
He was great to many many patients in Atlantic, includuding my parents in their after and final years
Sympathy to all of his family.
Posted by Frank Dargy, Mary &Julio Weiss. on June 3, 2019
Dear Laura, Nick and family, we are so sorry to hear Denny's passing. We all had some fun times together at HH. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Frank, M & J
Posted by Keith Cady on June 1, 2019
Laura ... Just wanted you to know Fairan and I are sorry for your loss. It is great you two had 47 years together.
Posted by Bill, Connie, Mark and Annika Schaffer on June 1, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to you. What a gift Denny was to our lives and the lives of countless others. He will be forever and fondly remembered.
Posted by Bob & Marilyn Younger on June 1, 2019
Laura, Bob and I offer you our loving sympathy. Denny was a real gentleman and always such a pleasure to visit with. We are thinking of you! Love with Hugs
Posted by Bev and Gaylord Schelling on May 31, 2019
Extending our sympathy and prayers for all of Denny's family. Denny bravely faced every day and will be missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Jodi and Frank Greiner on May 30, 2019
Laura...we’ve lost a prince of a man, but Heaven has gained an angel. Be comforted in knowing how much he was loved because of how much he gave of himself as a husband, father, and friend. He will be missed.
Posted by Barbara Husk on May 30, 2019
Laura and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Posted by Julie Ecklin on May 30, 2019
Laura & family, I am so very sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. You have been a very special friend to my Mom & I know she is hurting for you. May God grant you strength in the days ahead.
Hugs, Julie
Posted by Kori Clarambeau on May 30, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dennis passing, you have my prayers and sympathy! You were so great to Dennis I do not think you ever missed a day to come spend with him!!! With Sympathy Kori
Posted by Martha Tibken on May 30, 2019
Sending prayers and hugs to a very special Laura
Posted by Brenda Williams on May 29, 2019
So sorry to here Heaven gained a wonderful man!! Sending hugs and cares for all of you!!
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