Bruce Dean Dennison, 64, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Bruce Dean Dennison was born Sept. 30, 1948, in Caledonia, to Dean and Mary (Murry) Dennison. He was raised in Caledonia and graduated from

Caledonia High School and Winona State University, where he met the love of his life, Kristin Olstad. Bruce and Kris were married on Dec. 27, 1969, at Union Prairie Lutheran Church in Lanesboro. For 10 years, Bruce was an elementary school teacher, first in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then in Apple Valley. He then began his career with Thrivent Financial (then Aid Association for Lutherans). In 1979, Bruce and his family moved to Northfield.

Bruce belonged to many professional organizations, served on the board of directors of the Northfield Retirement Community, and served as congregational president of St. Peter's Lutheran Church more than once.

Bruce was a talented do-it-yourselfer, landscaper and woodworker, and a dedicated collector of coins, stamps, Danish plates and Harry Potter memorabilia. He loved his three champion Bichons. He embodied the very definition of a people person, someone who would talk to people in elevators and in line at the grocery store. He genuinely enjoyed and cared about others. He was especially devoted to and proud of his family, regaling clients, friends and new acquaintances with stories of his wife, children, grandchildren and his dog Sammy.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kristin; son, Aaron (Fabia) of Pipa, Brazil; daughter, Susan (Alex) Patist of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nadia Patist, and Tazio and Zenio Dennison; brother, David (Karen) of Chicago, Ill.; and sister, Deanna (Jim) Riley of Chatfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joyce Dennison.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Northfield, with Pastor Janet White officiating. Interment will be at Union Prairie Cemetery in Lanesboro at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society for cholangiocarcinoma research.

Arrangements are with Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.