Dennis Hollan

Dennis Hollan


November 25, 1942 - January 7, 2024


Dennis Hollan, 81, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Sunday, January 7, 2024, at his home under hospice care. The Dennis Hollan Family will welcome family and friends to a visitation on Friday, January 19th at 5:00 pm with a prayer service to follow at 6:30pm, to be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD. A Celebration of Life for Dennis will also be held in his lifelong home of Hosmer, SD, at St. John's Lutheran Church at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dennis D. Hollan was born in Kulm, ND, to Lee Robert & Alice (Fregein) Hollan on November 25, 1942. He attended rural schools and then later attended Kulm Public School. Upon graduation from Kulm High School, he attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD where he met his love and lifelong partner, Patricia (Patty) Naomi Hieb. Dennis married Patty, daughter of Arnold & Naomi Hieb and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hieb, on June 7, 1964, and they began their life together residing in Aberdeen, SD. Dennis began his student teaching career teaching vocal and instrumental music in Pierpont and Columbia, SD. Then, in 1966 Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a Major in Music from Northern. At that time Dennis and Patty moved to Hosmer, South Dakota to begin their professional teaching careers with Dennis teaching vocal and instrumental music at Hosmer High School and Patty beginning her teaching career as an elementary school teacher (6th Grade).

In December of 1969, Dennis and Patricia were blessed with a baby boy, Robert John. In 1971, Dennis gave up teaching to join Farmers State Bank. In 1972, he was named Cashier and in 1975 was promoted to Vice President & Cashier. Dennis later achieved the additional title of Senior Ag Loan Officer. Dennis served on the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Banking as well as Secretary of the South Dakota Northeastern Chapter of the Bank Administration Institute. During the entire time of his employment with the bank, Dennis continued his passion for farming by assisting his parents and brother (Curt) in their farming operation in North Dakota southwest of Kulm as well as building a South Dakota farming operation northeast of Hosmer. Dennis retired from banking in 2006 and never really retired from farming, whether that be physically or mentally.

During his life in Hosmer, Dennis was passionately and intimately involved in “everything Hosmer.” This included building his lifelong home there where he planted hundreds of evergreens and other trees continually developing his 10-acre retreat along with maintaining his well-stocked shops which basically served as the hardware store of the region where anyone could stop by to obtain parts in a pinch. He served as President of the Hosmer Civic Club, Assistant Fire Chief and Treasurer of the Hosmer Volunteer Fire Department for 40 plus years, President of Hosmer Development Housing, Inc, which is a subsidized 4-plex apartment building benefitting the community and served as its Manager and Bookkeeper. He was a member of St John's Lutheran Church where he participated in the Adult Choir as well as served on the Church Council. He was instrumental in the development of the Hosmer Senior Citizens Center. Dennis was the driving force behind the Hosmer Farm and Home Show for years and was instrumental in helping develop the construction of the Hosmer Tennis Courts. A highlight of Dennis’s contribution to his community was his leading role as “Father Time” in the 1987 Hosmer Centennial Pageant, “Reflections”, which was an historical depiction of the origins and growth of Hosmer. He enjoyed all the rehearsals and performances alongside his son, who also had a supporting role in the production.

Dennis also served as President of Dakota Café, Inc., which brought a new building to Hosmer’s main street as the home of this new restaurant, and, helped with the project of putting up street signs throughout the City of Hosmer. After the town’s Cenex Station closed in 2005, and out of strong civic devotion, he and his business partner provided continued services to the town under the name of “DC Station” and ran it with managers and various help for seven years.

In 2021, Dennis made one of the most difficult decisions of his life. Through much coordination, planning, and several auction sales, he ultimately managed to part with his lifelong home and retreat in Hosmer and move with Patty to Sioux Falls where his son and family reside. Dennis was able to spend more quality time with family attending many of his grandchildren’s activities and often served as the Chauffeur De Jure. Dennis ultimately succumbed to his illness of ALS passing peacefully in his home with his family at his side as he had desired. The Dennis Hollan Family would like to express their deepest and sincerest thanks and appreciation to the ALS Association, the Avera Health staff and Avera Hospice staff for their amazing assistance and support this past year.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Patty, his son Rob and daughter-in-law Sarah DuBois, and five grandchildren, Quinton, Braxton, Tenley, Hughston and Wynston, one brother Curt Hollan and his wife Amy, one uncle, Ted Hollan and his wife, Becky, and one aunt, Marcia Jo Hollan. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Lee (Bobbie) and Alice Hollan, grandparents Robert Joseph and Sophia Hollan, and John and Hermina Fregein.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association ( or the Avera Hospice Program ( in memory of Dennis Hollan.


Friday, January 19, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Heritage Funeral Home
4800 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57108


Saturday, May 4, 2024
10:30 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church
Hosmer, SD


Bethany Cemetery
Hosmer, SD

Posted by Willis blumhardt on January 19, 2024
So sorry to hear about Dennis passing. God be with your family.
Posted by Mike and Nancy Barondeau on January 17, 2024
Patty and family - so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Vernon & Emogene Lautt on January 15, 2024
Sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family
Posted by Dale and Sherry Jung on January 15, 2024
Deepest condolences ! Enjoyed visiting many times.Will always remember his big smile!
Posted by Allen Wendland on January 15, 2024
So sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. My sincere condolences. RIP Denny
Posted by Marian Buechler & Tavyer Buechler & family! on January 15, 2024
God Bless you Patty, Rob & your family as well as all of Dennis’s family! Dennis touched so many lives & we all were so blessed to have known him as he has gone on to be with our Heavenly Father!
Posted by Lisa Hollan and Jim Clarke on January 14, 2024
Our condolences to Patti and the entire family. Denny inspired everyone and will be missed by all. We wish you peace and comfort during this time and always.
Posted by Wes Mittelstedt on January 14, 2024
Growing up with Dennis back in Kulm he was an easy likable guy, he will be missed by any one who new him.
Posted by Mavis Lehr on January 13, 2024
My sympathy to you and your entire family. Always enjoyed visiting with your loved one. May the Lord comfort and give you strength at this time and Always...
Posted by Lorrie & Carla Sanderson on January 12, 2024
So sorry to hear about Dennis’s passing. Dennis was alway an easy person to visit with. I was so glad I was able to visit him at his sale in Hosmer. We are praying for comfort to all of his family❤️🙏
Posted by Rita Schlenvogt on January 12, 2024
My heart is broken in the passing of my dear cousin. & in the loss of your loved one. I have so many fond memories too You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
Posted by Mary Heier on January 12, 2024
So sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Roger and Diane Buchholz on January 12, 2024
Our deepest sympathies Patty,Rob and Sarah and family! So wonderful for Dennis to go from your arms to Gods arms. Blessings and prayers for all of you.
Posted by Marty and Nyla Buchholz on January 12, 2024
Our deepest sympathies to Patty, Rob and family. To be home surrounded by family, what a gift. From your arms to the arms of Jesus. What a beautiful legacy he leaves through his family. So many hugs and prayers to you through this difficult time of loss. Blessings Always
Posted by Leland & Tracy Treichel on January 12, 2024
Patty, so very sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. Leland always enjoyed the visits they had and they solved many of the world problems-too bad nobody listened. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rob and the family. He will be missed by so many.
Posted by Larry Hehr on January 12, 2024
So sorry to hear about Dennis. May God be with the family
Posted by Carol McCoy on January 11, 2024
Sorry to hear of Dennis passing. Patti, Rob and family may you have many happy memories. May God give you peace and comfort at this very sad time.
Posted by Tom Herman on January 11, 2024
Rest in peace Dennis. Tell we meet again.
Posted by Jim Rutschke on January 11, 2024
Sorry for your loss, was a great friend.
Posted by Becky Johnson on January 11, 2024
Prayers for the family for your loss.
Posted by Don and Tammy Neifer on January 11, 2024
Sending out condolences to Patty, Rob and family during this difficult time. Dennis was a friend to many. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you.
Posted by Donn Rutschke on January 11, 2024
To the family, So sad to hear, and so sorry for your loss. Dennis was Great Friend, always took the time for a friendly greeting and short conversation when meeting at home town events.
Posted by LeRoy and Joyce Kramlich on January 11, 2024
Our sympathy to Patty, Rob and family. May the Lord surround you with love and peace🙏🙏🙏
Posted by Bob & Karen Mohr on January 11, 2024
So sorry for your loss!! Prayer and hugs sent to Patti, Rob and family and all of Dennis’s friends!! He was a great guy; he will be missed!!
Posted by Diane wiseheart on January 11, 2024
Sorry to hear the sad news Thinking of you all. Be strong and god will comfort you
Posted by Bob Kiesz on January 11, 2024
So sorry to hear of your loss. Dennis was the type of person once you met, you never forgot. Our paths haven't crossed many times through the years, but he and his friends were a huge influence in my decision to choose music as my college major when I was young. He will be dearly missed.
Posted by Matt and Lexi Muth on January 11, 2024
Thinking of you guys during this time. He was always so nice. Prayers to all.
Posted by Timothy Haegele on January 11, 2024
Sorry to hear about Dennis good friend and always pleasant to talk to,
Posted by Leonard and Elizabeth Sanderson on January 11, 2024
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis
Praying for all for comfort 🙏🙏🙏
Posted by Mavis & Rodney Brosz on January 11, 2024
So sorry. Enjoyed playing with Dennis in Kulm City Band and knowing him as a neighbor from the farm at Kulm. Praying God's comfort will blanket you all.
Posted by Mark and Elisa Opp on January 11, 2024
So surprised to hear of Dennis’s health issues and his passing. Even though we were from Eureka, he always treated us like local “Hosmerites”, and always with a professional smile. God Bless you All during this most difficult time!
Posted by Dennis & Joyce Heyne on January 11, 2024
Patty, Rob and family our deepest sympathy to you. Dennis will be dearly missed. He treated people with respect and dignity no matter what their social & financial status was. May you find comfort in knowing that many people are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace.
Posted by Mariannne Sowards and familys on January 11, 2024
Our prayers are with you. He was a great neighbor and friend.
Posted by Sam and Peggy Hochhalter on January 11, 2024
Dearest Patty, Rob and family, our hearts broke when we heard this sad news about Dennis. He was such a fun loving man and made everyone around him happy. He will be missed for sure but please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Peter and Carol Eisenbeisx on January 11, 2024
Patty we are keeping You, Rob, and Robs Family so close to our Hearts and Prayers during this difficult time of Loss. So many wonderful memories of Dennis throughout the years! Always a smile and visit when ever he passed by! Keep his memories close to your Hearts! Much Love send to You All, Peter and Carol
Posted by Don Irion on January 11, 2024
Sorry to hear about Dennis . Our prayers are with you..
Posted by Vonnie Shields on January 11, 2024
Love and prayers Patti.
I feel your pain.
Posted by Glenn and Theresa Jung on January 11, 2024
So sorry for your loss,our thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time.Hoping in time your memories will bring you comfort. 🙏
Posted by Marie and Keith Schumacher on January 11, 2024
Our deepest condolences, Patty and Rob. Dennis was a genuine positive influence on all who were part of his journey.
Posted by Lori Rudstrom on January 11, 2024
Patti, Rob and family - I am so sorry to hear about Dennis. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.
Posted by Sylvia Gackle on January 11, 2024
Memories from Kulm, North Dakota
Posted by John and Michele Eisenbeisz on January 11, 2024
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Gregg & Laurie Burrer on January 11, 2024
Patty, Rob, and family - we were so sorry to hear about Dennis. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Chad preszler on January 11, 2024
My Sincere Condolences🙏
You are all in my prayers🙏
May the beautiful loving memories of Dennis wrap comfort around you during this grieving time🙏
Posted by Glen Hieb on January 11, 2024
Dear Patty, so sorry to hear this news. We send our love and prayers for you and your family. He is with the Lord in heaven. The Lord is also with you. May the first verses of John 14 be your comfort and give you peace.
Posted by Darvin Hauff on January 11, 2024
Second cousin and neighbor growing up. Condolences to the family.
Posted by Darlene Wolf on January 10, 2024
This broke my heart, to read of the passing of Dennis. But I rejoice in knowing he is safe in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. My sympathies and prayers are with you all. May God give you the PEACE that only HEcan give.
Posted by Priscilla Kungel on January 10, 2024
Patti, Rob & family
So sorry to hear about Dennis! Neighbors & friends for years. Dennis always had the best contagious smile & always had time to visit and talk!
He will be missed! Sending many hugs & prayers!
Posted by Milton Kramer on January 10, 2024
Patti. I am so sorry for your loss!! I know what it is like. Take care.
Posted by Virgil French on January 10, 2024
RIP Dennis!
All around nice guy!!
Posted by Dixie (Hieb) Yopp on January 10, 2024
So sorry to hear about Dennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Werner and Berniece Mohr on January 10, 2024
Sorry for your lost
Posted by Marcia Jo Hollan on January 10, 2024
From high school to retirement a good friend and in-law relative. So many great memories over the span of 60+ years. My sincerest condolences to Patti, Rob and their families. Rest easy til we meet again.
Posted by Ron Weber on January 9, 2024
Rip Dennis , always fair and fun to work with…….he will be. Missed
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