Memorial services for Dennis Kay Brelsford of Perry, Iowa was Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at the Perry First United Methodist Church. Officiating Minister was Paul Burrows, Organist was Dennis Morgan and Soloist Brent Halling sang “Amazing Grace.” Other song selections were “So God Made A Farmer” – Paul Harvey, “Drive” – Alan Jackson, “Drink a Beer” – Luke Bryan and “Aurora Borealis”, - C.W. McCall. Honorary bearers were Dennis Smith, Steve Hillman, Donnie Rhoades, John W. Palmer, Keith Weyers, Ron Sorber, Cecil Rueter, Doug Johnson, Bill Boorn, Dan Spellman and the “Class of 1963”. Casket bearers were Craig Brelsford, Mike Brelsford, Doug Smith, Curt Muir, Pat Gasche and Mike Mace. Ushers were Joe Royer and Gene Dorman. Flag Presentation was by Tom South. Interment was at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, Iowa.
Dennis Kay Brelsford, son of Kenneth and Goldie Lansing Brelsford, was born at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Perry, Iowa April 20, 1945. Denny died at his home in rural Perry Nov. 4, 2017 at the age of 72.
Denny graduated from Perry High School in 1963. He married his high school sweetheart Wanda Arlene Wolfe on June 5, 1965. They were blessed with three children: Todd, Lori, and Angie. As a family, they made their first home in Berkley and stayed within Boone County the rest of their lives.
Denny’s career as a farmer began at the age of 15. He was known for loving the land and being a progressive and innovative farmer. Denny drove a semi hauling grain and making friends in elevators across Iowa and visiting the ‘shop’ daily.
A vacation to Colorado was a 42-year tradition for the family, trading two weeks of flat Iowa ground for four-wheeling in the mountains in their red Ford Bronco and C.W. McCall playing. Denny and Wanda share a great love for Fairview Church as Denny was the oldest serving member. Denny cut down a 140-year-old tree to make a beautiful cross the congregation admires every Sunday. Denny built his beautiful campground name the “The Pond”, a common sight there was Denny telling one of his favorite stores. He especially loved the song-birds, chipmunks and was never without a dog.
Due to Denny’s service in the Army Reserves motor pool during the Vietnam era, he always made a point to proudly fly an American flag. Denny had a soft spot for his girls, being his three granddaughters where he received the beloved nicknames of “Poppy” and “Gramps.” Denny felt very blessed to have great-grandchildren.
Denny’s memory will be forever cherished by his beloved wife Wanda; son Todd (Tracy) of Ogden and daughter Angie Petersen (Jeff) of Ft. Dodge; granddaughters: Ashley Brelsford (Eddy Dunsmoor) of Perry, Lindsey Garcia (Gustavo II) of Perry, and Allison Lansman (Zachary Wiggins) of Ankeny; great grandchildren: Gustavo Garcia III, Victor Garcia, Natalia Garcia, and Rylan Dunsmoor. Denny is also survived by sisters-in-law Carla Smith and husband Dennis of Perry and Mary Hillman of Grand Junction as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.
Denny was preceded in death by his precious daughter Lori Lynn in 1967, infant brother Kent in 1955, father Kenneth in 1992, mother and father-in-law Ted and Arlene Wolfe, and grandmother Mary Lansing. Memorial donations in Denny’s honor may be directed to the family. They may be sent to Hastings Funeral Home in Perry, Iowa.