Dennis Harold Eggen, 82, of Alexandria and formerly of rural Battle Lake MN, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, at Grand Arbor Memory Care in Alexandria, MN.
Dennis was born August 20, 1939 in Powers Lake, ND to Norman and Signe (Berg) Eggen and grew up in Foothills Township, near Lignite, ND. He was baptized and confirmed at Tonset Lutheran Church. He attended country grade school and graduated from Columbus High School. He attended NDSU and graduated with a degree in agriculture. He married JoAnn Rostad in June of 1964 in Barnesville, MN.
He began working as a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration in Grand Forks, ND and continued his career as Branch Manager in Jamestown, ND and Fergus Falls, MN. When he retired in 1994, they moved to their lake home on Eagle Lake, near Battle Lake, MN. In August 2020, they moved to Grand Arbor in Alexandria, MN. He moved to Memory Care in April 2021.
Dennis was an active member in church throughout his life, at Sharon Lutheran in Grand Forks, Atonement Lutheran in Jamestown, and Eagle Lake Lutheran in Battle Lake where he served on various committees and councils. He started the annual Eagle Lake Election Day Stew Feed for the community.
Dennis enjoyed his John Deere tractors, his ’39 Chevy, collecting antiques, refinishing furniture, working in the garage, cooking and playing pinochle. Coffee and cookies were his favorite- especially Norwegian goodies. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, JoAnn; daughter, Jodi (Terry) Neuses of Monticello, MN; son, Mark (Stephanie) Eggen of Battle Lake, MN; granddaughters Katherine and Abby Neuses, Lindsay and Mikayla Eggen; brother, Gene (Pat) Eggen of Minot, ND; sisters, Marian (Les) Dever of Fargo, ND; Christine (Jim) Dunlap of Farmington, NM; 3 aunts; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Signe Eggen; father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Clara Rostad; infant brother; nephew, Kelly Eggen; niece, Sue Lacy; brothers-in-law, J. David Rostad and P. Douglas Rostad; sisters-in-law, Margaret Rostad and Char Rostad.
Visitation: Friday from 4:00PM-7:00PM, with a 6:00PM Prayer Service, at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake.
Funeral Service: 4:00 PM, Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church of rural Battle Lake.