Dennis Eugene Sills was born on Dec. 23, 1939, in Ames to Eugene and Lucille (Blakemore) Sills. He graduated from Ames High in 1958 and married Sharon Hermanson on March 17, 1962. Denny worked at the Iowa Department of Transportation for 41 years as a draftsman and cartographer in the mapping department. He and Sharon moved to Story City in 1976 and joined St. Petri Lutheran Church.


Denny was an avid Iowa State Cyclone and Roland-Story Norsemen fan, as well as a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He did announcing for the Boone Speedway, Ames sports for KASI radio and Roland-Story football games from 1977 to 1982. Denny enjoyed music, especially big band, classical and movie soundtracks. His enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and being with his family at Christmas time. Denny was in charge of transportation to the horse shows. His greatest joy was going to his grandchildren’s activities.


Denny passed away Feb. 1, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 79.


He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Story City; two sons, Michael (Nancy) Sills, of Marshalltown, and Craig, of Story City; two daughters, Mary (John) Pelican, of Story City, and Stephanie (Tyler) Strathe, of Maxwell; seven grandchildren, Brandon (Melissa) Rivers, Tyler Rivers, Dylan Rivers, Zachary Sills, Megan Sills and Stranton Strathe.


Denny was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Petri Lutheran Church with burial following in the Story City Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Petri Lutheran Church. The family asked casual attire be worn at the visitation and encouraged the wearing of Iowa State attire.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Petri Lutheran Church. Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.