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Dennes L. Papenfuss

      Dennes L. Papenfuss, 88, of Cavalier, ND passed away Monday, December 30, 2019 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Cavalier Ambulance Service, Cavalier Fire Department, or the United Lutheran Church.

     Dennes Lee Papenfuss was born July 25, 1931 at Glasston, ND to Erwin and Cecelia (Sellheim) Papenfuss. He grew up in the Hamilton, ND area and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1950.

Dennes then served in the U.S. Navy as a Fireman First Class during the Korean Conflict until his discharge in 1954. In 1956, Dennes married Doris Finnson in Mountain, ND. After their marriage, they moved to Fargo, ND where he attended Moler Barber College. He barbered in Cavalier for 49 years.

     He was a member of the United Lutheran Church for over 60 years, serving on the church council. He also was a member of the Cavalier American Legion for more than 60 years. Things he enjoyed were deer hunting with his sons, he also loved sports especially Twins baseball, Duke basketball, and Eagles football. He also enjoyed going to auctions and raising cattle on his hobby farm.

     Survivors include his children: Denise Papenfuss, Diane (Paul) Brown, all of Cavalier, ND, Kathy (Mark) Lowe, Bismarck, ND, Kurtis Papenfuss, Grand Forks, ND, and Brad (Laurie) Papenfuss, Portland, ND; grandchildren: Julianne (Garrett) Horntvedt and Lydia Lowe, Bismarck, ND, Captain Jacob Papenfuss, Fort Drum, NY, and Marley Papenfuss (fiancé, Alex Hair), Washburn, ND; great-grandsons: Oliver and Theo Horntvedt, Bismarck, ND. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Doris; brothers: Clemeth, Louis, and Earl; twin sisters: Norma “Sis” Thorlakson and Nira “Dolly” Fredericksen.









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Dear Denise, Diane, Kathy, and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My love to you at this sad time.

Cathy Hughes Hauan Jan 7 2020 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear about Dennes. Sympathies to the family.

Mike and Linda Busse Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the family of Dennes. Sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dale and Colleen Dalsted Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

May Christ fill the void, both today and tomorrow.

Carolyn baker Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

Diane and Families,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Dad. You are in my thoughts and Prayers.

Valorie Letkeman Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Denise, Diane, and family. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a pillar of the Cavalier Community. My condolences to all of you during this sad time. You are in my thoughts in the time ahead. Love to all.

Sheila Sturlaugson Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

What a nice man with a wonderful family. Gary would go in and get a haircut when we were in town. Thinking of all of you. Sending hugs and prayers. Let all your good memories help you through this difficult time. Denise

Denise Stubson Morrison Jan 1 2020 12:00 AM

Cavalier has lost a cherished member of this community. Denny loved to come watch, and sometimes play cards at Sammy's at lunchtime. He was so fun to be around, and made the day better if we got to see him. He always hugged me wherever we met up, the Svold breakfast was my last Denny hug and smile. My sympathies to his family, may angels help you wing your way home, my friend, rest in peace.

Deb Thompson Jan 1 2020 12:00 AM

Papenfuss family,
Is there anyone in the county that can't share a story of sitting in Dennes' barbershop? I can remember coming to town with Dad and Scot and Norman on a Saturday so they could all get their haircut. There were always laughs and a sense of strong friendship. May the memories shared with all of you during this time of loss give you strength, smiles, and peace. He was a kind and gentle soul. God gained a great angel! God bless. Sandy Becker Knight, Brainerd, MN

Sandy Becker Knight Jan 1 2020 12:00 AM

Back in the 40's when Dennes got out of the service, he worked for my Dad on the farm. He taught my brothers and myself how to ride a bicycle. I always got a haircut with him when I came back to North Dakota for a visit, until my barber in California said, if you got back to him, don't come back to me!!! My thoughts and prayers are with the family, because I have so many good memories of him. Stuart Collins, Hamilton, N.D.

Stuart Collins Jan 1 2020 12:00 AM

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