Dennis Ray “Denny” Cauwels, 67, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Cresco, Iowa.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco.
Dennis Cauwels was born on April 27, 1952, to Leo and Vivian (Lange) Cauwels in Luverne. He was number six of 14 children. He graduated from Magnolia High School in 1970. On Dec. 11, 1971, he married Coleen Kleemeier in Luverne.
After high school Denny worked construction, then at Hanson Silo installing equipment. In 1981 Denny and Coleen moved to Cresco, Iowa. Denny worked for Larry Mehmert and in 1984 started working for the city of Cresco in the water department. He later became the Public Works director. He retired from the city of Cresco in 2009.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, riding his motorcycle and spending time with family and friends.
Denny is survived by his wife, Coleen; two daughters, Teresa (Doug) Reisdorfer, Cannon Falls, and Beth (Thomas Norton) Cauwels, Minneapolis; a grandson, Derick Reisdorfer; 12 siblings, Ken Cauwels, Luverne, Shirley Holling, Brentwood, California, Patty Cauwels, Omaha, Nebraska, Red (Cindy) Cauwels, Adrian, Jay Cauwels, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Rick Cauwels, Sherburn, Bob (Linda) Cauwels, Ellsworth, Colette Cauwels, Rosemount, Colleen (Chuck) Anderson, Fairmont, Becky (Bill) House, Phoenix, Oregon, Tammy (Brent) Gremban, Englewood, Colorado, and Donna (Greg) Heidecker, Lakota, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Butch Cauwels; and brothers-in-law Allen Holling and Bob Mott.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Denny’s name to Howard County Community Hospice and Regional Health Services of Howard County.
Arrangements are provided by Lindstrom Funeral Home of Cresco, www.lindstromfuneralhomes.com.