A celebration of life for Dennis Essig will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley.
Denny Essig, 76, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, surrounded by his family at Rochester Methodist Hospital from complications of lung cancer.
Dennis Billy Essig was born June 3, 1937, in Anoka, to Ervin and Dorothy Essig. He was united in marriage to Mary Carol Eckes on July 25, 1956, at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Wayzata. A United States Navy
veteran, Denny proudly served on active duty from 1955 to 1958. Following his military service, Denny worked a variety of retail jobs, including Waytonka Market, Hovander's and Tate's, all in the Minneapolis area. In 1975, the family moved to Spring Valley, where Denny first managed, then owned Denny's Super Valu until the store sold in 1992. In addition to owning the family business, Denny worked a variety of jobs in Spring Valley, including the Spring Valley Municipal Liquor Store, the VFW
, Kwik Trip, SATA and driving for Kuehn Motor Company.
Anyone that met Denny received a big welcome, a tall tale, a long chat and a love that warmed the heart. A strong family man, Denny enjoyed most of all spending time with his wife, family and friends. His favorite activities included riding his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, shooting, antiquing and most of all, socializing with others. Not an opportunity went by without him striking up a conversation with someone to learn about them and their lives.
Denny is survived his son, Bill (Laura) Essig of White Oak, Ga.; his daughter, Robin (Scott) Balliet of Spring Valley; five grandchildren, Kris (Linda) Hinze, Jamie Fredrickson, Kassi Hinze, Brandon Balliet and Shawn Essig; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Hinze and Jace Fredrickson; three brothers, Nick (Kathy) Essig, Lonnie (Karen) Essig and Glenn (Sue) Essig; and three sisters-in-law; Diane Essig, Fran Rutherford and Mona Swaggart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Carol Eckes; his daughter, Kelly Essig-Hinze; and his brother, Gary Essig.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of his great-granddaughter, Lauren Hinze.
Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at hindtfuneralhomes.com