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Dennis Billy Essig


Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Dennis Billy Essig

Denny Essig, age 76, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Saturday, December 21, 2013 surrounded by his family at Rochester Methodist Hospital from complications of lung cancer.

Dennis Billy Essig was born June 3, 1937 in Anoka, Minn. to Ervin and Dorothy Essig. He was united in marriage to Mary Carol Eckes on July 25, 1956 at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Wayzata, Minn.

A United States Navy veteran, Denny proudly served on active duty from 1955 to 1958. Following his military service, Denny worked a variety of retail jobs including Waytonka Market, Hovander’s, and Tate’s, all in the Minneapolis area. In 1975, the family moved to Spring Valley where Denny first managed, then owned Denny’s Super Valu until the store sold in 1992. In addition to owning the family business, Denny worked a variety of jobs in Spring Valley including the Spring Valley Municipal Liquor Store, the VFW, Kwik Trip, SATA, and driving for Kuehn Motor Company.

Anyone that met Denny received a big welcome, a tall tale, a long chat, and a love that warmed the heart. A strong family man, Denny enjoyed most of all spending time with his wife, family, and friends. His favorite activities included riding his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, shooting, antiquing, and most of all, socializing with others. Not an opportunity went by without him striking up a conversation with someone to learn about them and their lives.

Denny is survived his son; Bill (Laura) Essig of White Oak, Georgia, his daughter Robin (Scott) Balliet of Spring Valley, 5 grandchildren; Kris (Linda) Hinze, Jamie Fredrickson, Kassi Hinze, Brandon Balliet, and Shawn Essig, two great grandchildren; Lauren Hinze and Jace Fredrickson, three brothers; Nick (Kathy) Essig, Lonnie (Karen) Essig, and Glenn (Sue) Essig and three sisters-in-law; Diane Essig, Fran Rutherford, and Mona Swaggart. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Carol Eckes, his daughter Kelly Essig-Hinze and his brother Gary Essig.

A celebration of life for Dennis Essig will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley.

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