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Dennis S. Emerson

August 23, 1948 — February 21, 2024

Eleva, WI

Dennis S. Emerson

Dennis S. Emerson, age 75, of Eleva, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire with his loving family by his side.

Dennis, son of Jens and Mina (Gunderson) Emerson, was born on August 23, 1948 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Dennis attended the Eleva-Strum School District and graduated with the class of 1966. 

On June 11, 1968, during the height of the Vietnam War, Dennis was drafted to serve his Country in the United States Army. He was deployed to Vietnam on November 21, 1968 until he returned to the United States on November 20, 1969 and was honorably discharged from active duty on June 10, 1970.

On August 26, 1972, Dennis was united in marriage to Ann M. Olson at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Independence. Their heartfelt love blessed them with two daughters, whom they cherished deeply. 

Dennis owned and operated Tri-Star Concrete before he began a career with the Laborers Union, where he dedicated his time and skills, until his retirement with Market & Johnson of Eau Claire. Following his retirement, Dennis worked part-time at the Strum nursing home.

Dennis was a faithful member of Eleva Lutheran Church throughout his entire life. He was also a proud lifetime member of the American Legion Post 459 in Eleva where he served in many capacities, most notably, as Commander for several years. Additionally, Dennis was an active member of the VFW, Post 6550 of Strum.

Dennis enjoyed hunting and playing cards with both friends and family, especially his brothers and grandkids. He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Chetek, where he would often fish and take the pontoon out on the lake. 

Dennis held a deep love for his family and all the memories that were made over the years. He will be remembered for his soft and giving heart, especially towards his grandchildren, as he supported all of them any way he could. He will also be remembered for his avid support of the Wisconsin Badgers, Brewers, and Green Bay Packers. 

Dennis will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 51 years, Ann Emerson; two loving daughters, Teresa (Chad Nyseth) Emerson and Heather (Jeremy) Nicolet; grandchildren, Colin (Emily Olson) Nyseth, Kelsey (Mason Hay) Nyseth, Halle Nicolet, Hunter Nicolet and Lydia Nicolet; brothers, David (Pam) Emerson and Dave (Bev) Iverson; sister in law, Jane Emerson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, Dennis is preceded in death by his sister, Mavis (Lawrence) Nyre; brothers, Richard, Allen, Elwood, John and Gary Emerson; nephew, Sheldon Emerson; great nephew, Michael Emerson and by his parents in law, Monica and Don Olson. Dennis's family deeply appreciates the exceptional care and efforts provided by the doctors, nurses, and staff at all Marshfield Clinics. The visitation will be held on Friday, March 1 at 9:00 AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at Eleva Lutheran Church with Pastor Karen Ressel officiating. Then the Committal service, with full military honors, will take place at the Eleva Cemetery. Following the lunch and fellowship at the church, a celebration of life will begin at 2:00 PM at the American Legion, Post 459 in Eleva.  

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Past Services

Memorial Gathering

Friday, March 1, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Eleva Lutheran Church

S 2nd St, Eleva, WI 54738

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Memorial Service

Friday, March 1, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Eleva Lutheran Church

S 2nd St, Eleva, WI 54738

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Celebration of Life

Friday, March 1, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

American Legion Post 459 Eleva WI

26097 W Mondovi St, Eleva, WI 54738

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