Dennis Patten

Dennis D. Patten, 54, of Ruthven and formerly of Sioux Rapids, died on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at  Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

Dennis Duane Patten, the son of Donald and Sharon (Huffman) Patten, was born in Spencer on April 4, 1963. He lived his youth and received his education in Sioux Rapids, graduating with the Class of 1981 from Sioux Rapids High School. Following graduation, he worked on various farms in the Sioux Rapids vicinity before moving to Texas for seven months where he worked in the construction business. He returned to Sioux Rapids and worked with his father doing concrete work and later worked on the family farm raising hogs.

In 2000, Dennis was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was limited in the type of work he could do. Dennis and Kathy Crapser were high school sweethearts while attending Sioux Rapids schools. They did not have contact with each other for 22 years and were reunited in 2002. Their son, Jeremy, was born on Aug.31, 2001 and his love for Jeremy was his motivation to keep going. Dennis and Kathy resided in the Webb area, and their daughter, Emily, was born in 2005. The family moved to Cylinder in 2008 and then to Emmetsburg in 2011. The family has made their home in Ruthven for the past three years.

Dennis’ favorite hobbies were cars, building and “tinkering” with things. He’ll be remembered as a “big kid” at heart. His children were the joy of his life.

Dennis is lovingly remembered by his family which include his life partner, Kathy Crapser of Ruthven; children: Jeremy and Emily, both of Ruthven; parents: Don and Sharon Patten of Sioux Rapids; sister, Debbie (Leonard Prunty) Patten of Sioux Rapids; brother, Dale (Stephanie) Patten of Spirit Lake; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Memorials may be given in Dennis’ name to his family at P.O. Box 435, Ruthven, IA 51358.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 4-6 p.m. at Sioux Rapids City Park Shelter House. Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.