Dennis Duane Ortquist, age 88, of Cokato, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Minneapolis, to Carl and Ellen (Erickson), the oldest of nine children.
Dennis grew up in the French Lake area, and graduated from Annandale High School in 1947.
Post graduation, Dennis was drafted into the United States Marines Corps and served two years.
He was a “jack-of-all-trades” enjoying farming, heavy equipment operations, steel building construction, and professional baking with his in-laws at the Cokato Bakery.
Dennis was married to Marlys Salmela Jan. 13, 1952. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage together, and had eight children, 26 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren.
Dennis loved his community, and volunteered 28 years of his time to serve the Cokato Fire Department. He was a frequent visitor to the Cokato Town and Country Club, enjoying many rounds of golf. Dennis also traveled throughout the United States with his bowling buddies, playing in various tournaments.
He was a member of the American Legion, and active member of the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Dennis greatly loved his family and spending time with them. He thoroughly enjoyed helping his children with their farming enterprises.
He is survived by his wife, Marlys; children Rene Ortquist, Robin (Tim) Kelly, Rise (Ron) Beckman, Rori (Doug) Carlson, Ruthie (Ron) Klima, Reid (Cheryl), Rahn (Pamela), Raquel (Chad) Kirchoff, and Blake Ortquist; 26 grandchildren; and 40 great grandchildren.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents (Carl and Ellen); sister Jean Rusling; brother David; granddaughter Ria Beckman; and great-grandson Austin Carlen.
A memorial service took place Wednesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.
There was visitation Tuesday evening, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home; www.swansonpeterson.com.