Dennis John Brady, 69, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Luverne, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial of cremains with full military honors will be at a later date. A time of fellowship will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne with parish prayers at 7 p.m. Fellowship also one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Dennis Brady was born June 1, 1948, to Emery and Luella (Lehnhoff) Brady in Slayton. He graduated from Fulda High School in 1967. He later graduated from Jackson Vocational School as an appliance technician through the GI Bill. He served his country in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division-1st Battalion-327th Infantry-Company B during the Vietnam War. He served from Jan. 11, 1968, to Nov. 4, 1969, receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 1, 1972.
Denny married Linda Sue Ausen on Feb. 5, 1972, at St. Mary Catholic Chapel in Marshall. The couple lived in various towns including Cherokee, Iowa, the Minneapolis area and Canby before moving to Luverne in 1974. Denny owned Brady's Refrigeration Repair in Luverne. He was a Luverne City Carrier for the United States Postal Service for 34 years. During that career he walked 96,768 miles. He retired on Jan. 1, 2010. Denny was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He and Linda loved to share camping, hiking and hunting experiences with their daughters and grandchildren. Denny especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sports activities and dance performances. He loved following the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Seahawks. Dennis taught his family to love God, family and country as he was a very proud American.
He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rock Mountain Elk Federation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 5355 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the DAV, the American Legion Posts 123 and 15, the VFW Posts 2157 and 628, the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 959, and he served on the Color Guard.
Denny is survived by his wife, Linda Brady, Sioux Falls; three daughters, Sonja (Jeff) Fink, Lindstrom, Sara (Tim) Vortherms, Adrian, and Stacy Kopp, Luverne; six grandchildren, Megan, Brady and Gabrielle Vortherms and Janae, Camron and Aydon Kopp; a brother, Michael (Joan) Brady, Forest, Virginia; four sisters, Janet (Dennis) Gillespie, Clarkston Michigan, Mary (Mike) Becker, LaPorte, Diane (Ron) Kirchner, Fulda, and Eileen (Doug) Hanson, Marshall; his father-in-law, Charles Ausen, Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant brothers; and his mother-in-law, Margaret Ann "Mugsy" Ausen.
Arrangements are provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com