Dennis Lee Geraets
September 30, 1954 - December 12, 2014
Visitation: Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.
Dennis Lee Geraets, age 60, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital. Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Dennis was born on September 30, 1954 in Sioux Falls, SD to Leonard & Mary (Harris) Geraets. His mother died at a young age and he was raised by his father and step-mother, Jeanine (Greenough) Geraets. Danny and Phyllis Harris also had a major role in his upbringing. He grew up in the rural Harrisburg/Canton area, graduating from Harrisburg High School in 1972. He served in the Army for four years before returning to the Canton area. He married Cheryl Dykstra on August 8, 1992 in Monroe, SD. The couple had two children, Alex and Mary.
Dennis had previously worked at McCord’s, Tri-State Ready Mix, Central Plains, and drove truck. He spent the last 23 years in the Maintenance Department at Avera McKennan Hospital. He had been involved in 4-H, MEPS, and the Worthing Fire Department. He enjoyed farming, raising livestock, tinkering and family. He will be remembered for always lending a hand to anyone in need.
Dennis is survived by his step-mother, Jeanine Geraets, Canton; son, Alex Geraets, Sioux Falls; daughter, Mary Geraets, Vermillion; brothers, Doug (Deana) Geraets, Iowa City, IA, Jim (Vicki) Geraets, Janesville, WI, and Andy ( Kyle) Farmer, Des Moines, IA; sisters, Alice (Gene) Ahlquist, San Jose, CA, Pat (Stuart) Harms, Luverne, MN, and Cheryl (Kirk) Rikansrud, Canton, SD; family friends, Becca (Jess) Gilland and their children Zander, Gavin and Mackenzie; along with numerous other extended relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Paul John.