Dennis G. Fuerst, age 68, of Plymouth, Wis., passed away unexpectedly early Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2014, at St. Nicholas Hospital of an apparent heart attack. Per his request, he continued to give life by being a tissue and organ donor.

Dennis was born Feb. 15, 1945 in Parkston, S.D., a son of the late Gideon and Johanna (Ledeboer) Fuerst. He graduated from Armour High School in South Dakota in 1963.

In 1966 he married Renate Sterling in New York City. The couple resided in Plymouth after their marriage. She preceded him in death in 1968.

On July 31, 1970, he married Doris Behrendt Will at Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth. The couple have resided in Plymouth since their marriage.

He was employed at Borden’s Foods (now known as DFA) in Plymouth for 41 years retiring in 2008. He drove parttime for Rohde Brothers and for Joe Van Horn in Plymouth.

Dennis was a member of Salem U.C.C. in Plymouth, sat on the Consistory Board for several years and also drove people from the church to different appointments. He was currently on the board of directors at Salem Green, where he was also a maintenance man.

Dennis was a member of the Greenbush Snowmobile Club for many years and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul in Plymouth.

Dennis enjoyed snowmobiling, cars, fishing and watching his kids and grandkids’ sporting events throughout the years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved following Wisconsin sports teams. He was a wonderful, loving and supportive father, husband and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Doris of Plymouth; four children: Corey Will (special friend, Julie Flood Blanke) of Jackson, Wis.; Cindy (Andy) Meckl of Oconomowoc, Wis.; Bryant (Sherri) Fuerst of Plymouth and Marty Will of Plymouth; five grandchildren: Zachary and Mackenzie Will, Renate and Easton Meckl and Bryce Fuerst; six brothers and sisters: Joann (Gene) Poelstra of Armour, S.D.; Larry (Toni) Fuerst of Plymouth; Bev Unis (late husband, Mac Warnell) of Belle Vista, Ark.; Bonnie (Mike) Rademacher of Roswell, Ga.; Sheryl (Tim) Hughes of Plymouth and Sharon (David) Hassinger of Elkhart Lake; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Ken) Beuesing of Sheboygan and Jane (Paul) Mertens of Cleveland, Wis.; and also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Renate.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Salem U.C.C. in Plymouth. The Rev. James Hoppert and Lay Minister Dale Miller will coofficiate. Burial will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the CHURCH from 4 p.m. Friday until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Dennis’ name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to send special thanks to Brian Goelzer and Plymouth Ambulance Service and the staff of St. Nicholas ER for all your care and compassion given to Dennis and his family.

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