Memorial services for Dennis Poppe, age 61, of Thornton, Colorado will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Niobrara Lutheran Church. Pastor Martha Atkins will officiate, with burial in L’Eau Qui Court Cemetery in Niobrara.
Dennis died May 6, 2018, at North Saint Anthony Hospital in West Minster, Colorado.
Dennis Arland Poppe, son Melvin and Shirley (Berner) Poppe, was born August 11, 1956, at Pierre, South Dakota. He was baptized on December 31, 1957, by Reverend David Rath at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, Nebraska. His sponsors were Robert and Clarence Berner. Dennis was confirmed on March 26, 1972, by Reverend Walter J. Rossbach at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Dennis attended his first year of school in Blunt, South Dakota and his second year at Sholes, Nebraska, when his family moved back to Nebraska. All the rest of Dennis’s education was at Randolph Public School and he graduated with the Class of 1975. Dennis was also active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Dennis enjoyed many sports, including track, basketball, baseball, softball, swimming, fishing, hunting, blue rock shooting, and playing horseshoes with his Dad and brothers. He also liked going boating and water skiing. Later in life he took up golfing and riding his Harley with his brother and his friends. Dennis enjoyed going elk hunting with his friend, Brian.
Dennis was a man of many skills. He was a mechanic, did body shop work, and a carpenter. He was employed with Borst Construction building home in Santee, Nebraska, Durango, Wyoming, and Montana.
Dennis was united in marriage to Lori Borst, in May of 1983 and they shared 20 years of marriage. On March 25, 2007, Dennis and Karen Adams were married at Barbados in the Southern Caribbean. They made their home in Thornton, Colorado.
In 1988, Dennis started working for Schwans at Randolph, Nebraska. He was later transferred to Perry, Kansas, Sioux City, Iowa, and later Denver, Colorado.
Dennis enjoyed working in the yard with Karen, planting a garden, and new flowers. He also liked to decorate their wooden fence with ornaments they would see on a trip or something that just caught his eye. Dennis and Karen enjoyed many cups of coffee on their patio and liked to feed peanuts to their pet squirrels, Spracket, Starskee, and Hutch. He often spent time reminiscing and visiting with his family and friends. He so enjoyed spending that time with them.
Dennis will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Karen Poppe of Thorton, Colorado; his mother, Shirley Poppe of Niobrara, Nebraska; sisters, Sharon Wilson of Niobrara and her children, Chelsea, Sara, and Trevor, Shelly (Scott) Smith of Lakewood, Colorado and their children, Luke and Kali, and Janet (Scott) Stratton of Malcolm, Nebraska and their daughter, Emma; and brothers, Lyle Poppe of Lincoln, Nebraska and his son, Dillon, Larry (Wendy) Poppe of Lincoln and their children, Shasta, Mandy, and Joshua, and Joedy (Patti) Poppe of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and their children, Kiah, Keenan, and Maren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; brother, Danny; and infant twin brother, Dale Wade.