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Dennis "Denny" Leroy Ekholm

February 4, 1935 ~ February 18, 2022 (age 87)
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Dennis “Denny” Leroy Ekholm

Age 87, passed away at St. Benedict’s Senior Community of Monticello on Friday, February 18, 2022 . Dennis was born on February 4, 1935 on the family farm, Caribou Township, Kittson County, MN to Edward & Blenda (Nelsen) Ekholm. He grew up and worked on the farm with his family. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He lived and worked as a Cement Mason (Local #557) in the Twin Cities and Monticello/Big Lake area. He worked on multiple buildings, Interstate 94 and the Sherco Power Plant in Becker, MN.

Dennis was united in marriage to Iola Swan on November 24, 1973. They spent their time together fishing, camping, and laughing. He enjoyed hunting with family and friends. His hobbies were woodworking, gardening and planting trees.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward & Blenda; his wife Iola; brothers Lawrence, and Alton Ekholm; nephews Jesse Swan, Rick Snarr and Thomas, and Steven Ekholm. He is survived by his step-daughter Julie (David) Lindquist; step-granddaughters Melissa Lindquist (Michael Gold), and Kristina Lindquist; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Psyk and Darlene Swan; brother-in-law Earl Swan; 13 nieces, 7 nephews; and many relatives, friends and neighbors. The family would like to thank his medical and care team at Allina Health, the St. Cloud V.A. and St. Benedict’s for their excellent care. Funeral services for Dennis will be held on Thursday, 2/24/22 at 7PM, with visitation at 6PM at the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello. 763-295-2918. (

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Topic: Ekholm Service
Start Time: Feb 24, 2022 07:03 PM

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February 24, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson - Grimsmo Funeral Chapel
250 E. Broadway
Monticello, MN 55362

Funeral Service
February 24, 2022

7:00 PM
Peterson - Grimsmo Funeral Chapel
250 E. Broadway
Monticello, MN 55362

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