Dennis LeRoy Fremo, 65
Buffalo, MN, formerly of Clearwater, MN
Sept. 2, 1948-Nov. 6, 2013
Dennis was born Sept. 2, 1948 in Montevideo, MN to Melvin and Mabel (Hull) Fremo. He graduated from Dawson-Boyd High School in 1966. He married LeAnn Margaret Nielsen on September 16, 1967, and spent most of his working years in various positions in optical industries, retiring from Essilor of America in 2012. He passed away at home on Nov. 6, 2013 after a courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).
He was many things in his life: dedicated worker, devoted father and husband of 46 years, carpenter, handyman and traveler. He especially enjoyed camping, taking many trips with family and friends to the BWCA. He loved the outdoors, and his favorite activities included deer hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, boating and cross-country skiing. He was a man of deep and steady faith. He could be a notorious joker. He was an invaluable employee, being honored with the President's Choice award from Essilor of America in 2006. The award truly captured his spirit, stating "[Denny] sees no reason why we cannot all be successful each and every day as long as we are willing to listen and learn." In his final years, this optimism provided so many others with joy and hope. His deep love for family was found in gentleness and patience, especially with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mabel in 1979 and father Melvin in 1994. He is survived by his wife LeAnn, sons Tony (Shelly) of Blackhawk, SD, Kim (Kimberly) of South Haven, MN, David (Kris) of Cold Spring, MN and daughter Tammy (Jason) Beack of St. Michael, MN, sisters Donna (Glenn) Moe of Montevideo, MN and Sharon Otremba of Buffalo, MN, and 16 wonderful children who call him "Grandpa," and 4 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday, November 11 at 11:00am, with visitation from 9 to 11:00am at Saint John's Lutheran Church, 302 2nd Street NE, Buffalo, MN. A private burial will follow. Arrangements are being made by the church, including a memorial fund for MSA research.