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Dennis Leo Langel

August 19, 1946 — June 19, 2020

Dennis Langel, 73 of Alton, IA, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020 at his cabin at Spirit Lake, IA. 

Funeral service for both Dennis and Cathy with limited seating will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen, IA with Father Daniel Greving officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alton, IA.  Visitation with keeping to social distancing restrictions will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. 

Dennis was born Aug.19,1946 in LeMars, IA to Clarence and Julianna (Minten) Langel.  He was raised in Alton and received his education at Spalding Catholic Schools, graduating in 1964. 

On January 23,1971 he married Judith Hagge. The couple made their home in Alton and to this union Jennifer Anne and Kimberly Kaye were born. Over the years Dennis worked at Cambier Ready Mix, Russells Ready Mix, Alton Rendering Works and 17 years at the Farmers Co-Op Elevator in Alton working his way up to Branch Manager. His wife, Judy, passed away on July 27,1985. 

On April 4,1987 he married Cathy Dreckman. The couple together opened and operated the Hatchery Restaurant and Lounge in Orange City, IA for 17 years. Cathy and Denny loved working at The Hatch with all their wonderful employees, enjoying so many good times. They retired in Feb. 2011. All who knew Denny couldn’t help but enjoy his big laugh and his infectious smile! He always loved to try and catch the Big One as he fished endlessly at their lake cabin. He was always the Captain of his boat, often trying to fly his grandkids off the tube. Denny also was an avid golfer and bowler, never missing a chance to hang out with his buddies. Cathy and Denny shared their final earthly “I love you” at their favorite place, enjoying the view at South Templar Park. His wife, Cathy, passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2020.  

Dennis was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, past member and president of the Sioux Golf Country Club, and 29 year member of the Alton Volunteer Fire & Rescue. He was a board member and served as president of South Templar Park Inc. in Orleans, IA.  He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones,Vikings and the Twins. His 3 grandsons meant the world to him. He always enjoyed going to their band events and ball games, teaching them how to fish, boating, or just hanging out. 

Grateful for having shared his life include his daughters, Jennifer Langel, Spirit Lake, IA; Kimberly (Dave) Klock, Chancellor, SD; grandchildren, Cody Langel; Kaleb and Jeffrey Klock; brother, Jerry (Linda) Langel, Alton, IA, and their children; godson Kevin (Kathryn) Langel; Krissa (Justin) Bunkers and families; Judy’s sister Cathie (Les) Punt, Sioux Center, IA and children Michael Punt and Melissa Harris and families; along with many cousins and great friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Judith, her parents Wayne and Marie Hagge, his wife Cathy and her mom Kathleen Dreckman. 

Honorary bearers for both will be their 3 Grandsons.  

Urn bearers for Cathy are Faye, Dan, Steve, Chris & David Hunt, Susie Maass and Carol Vortherms. 

Casket bearers for Dennis are his bowling team, Denny Korthals, Joe Neppl, Fred Blom, Steve Streff, Tim Bindner and his golf buddies, Marv Babcock and Craig Woldruff.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

5:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Fisch Funeral Home & Monuments

310 Fulton St, Remsen, IA 51050

Visitation with keeping to social distancing restrictions will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.

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