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Dennis Ray Stephens

October 7, 1949 ~ March 14, 2018 (age 68)
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Dennis Ray Stephens, 68, Redfield, SD, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. His funeral service will be Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Redfield. Reverend Marty Toepke-Floyd will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.

Visitation will be Friday, March 16, 2018 from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Family will be present to accept condolences from 6:00–7:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (

Dennis was born on October 7, 1949 in Huron, SD to Ellis and Lillian (Christianson) Stephens. Denny went to school at Redfield High where he first met the love of his life, Diane Opitz. In 1968, Denny enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. Upon his return home, Denny and Diane were joined in matrimony on November 14, 1970 at the United Methodist Church in Redfield. Denny and Diane briefly lived in Eldridge, Iowa, before moving back and making their permanent home in Redfield.

Denny spent many years of his life on the road, hauling grain and livestock as a truck driver. He was a proud patriot and member of the VFW and American Legion. His hobbies were fishing, hunting deer and pheasants, camping, and playing cards. Denny was a hard worker and a simple man. Denny’s family will remember him as a loving father and grandfather, and although he loved to tease those close to him, he would do anything for anyone in need.

Denny is survived by his wife Diane Stephens; his son, Brook (Becky) Stephens, Redfield, and their children: Lance, Bryce and Dylan; and his son, Kelly Stephens, Albuquerque, NM. Denny is also survived by his brother, Floyd “Ole” Stephens, Redfield; sisters Shary (Jim) Stemper, Hartford, SD and Brenda (Tom) Svoboda, Schuyler, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Denny was preceded in death by his infant son, Bradley; his parents; his brothers, LaVerne Stephens in 2017, and Lanny Stephens in infancy.

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