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Dennis Alan Fries

October 27, 1952 — April 13, 2022

Dennis Alan Fries, 69, of Grand Island formerly of Cairo went to his heavenly home on April 13, 2022.

Memorial services will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, April 18th at Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River.

Dennis was born on October 27, 1952 in St. Paul, NE to Lyle and Dora Jean (Reimers) Fries. Dennis went to District 16 then graduated from Centura High School with the Class of 1971.

Dennis married Loretta (Palacz) Fries on May 27, 1972 in Wood River.

Dennis went to college at the University of Nebraska in Curtis for Ag. Production and graduated in May of 1973. After working for Thelen Grain of Wood River and the family farm in Dannebrog. In 1984 he started working for USDA Department of Food and Safety. After 32 years he retired and enjoyed his reclining chair, seeing his kids and grandkids and great grandkids.

Dennis enjoyed playing cards, watching Nebraska Football, hunting, fishing, golfing, driving around and talking and cutting wood.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Loretta of Grand Island; three sons, Dale (Heidi) Fries of Lincoln, Michael (Lynette) Fries of Dunbar, Soren “Sam” (Kelly) Fries of Florida; daughter, Becky (Tim) Lowe of Cairo; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Kathy (Butch) Hurst of Grand Island, Linda (Dan) Mostek of Boelus; brothers, Daniel (Ophelia) Fries of Colorado, Bill (Shelly) Fries of Grand Island, Jim (Monica) Fries of Dannebrog; aunt, Jessica Kiser; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Leonard and Verna Palacz; step granddaughter, Lynette Davidson and a step great granddaughter, Brailynn Bryant.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, April 18, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Wood River

411 West 11th Street, Wood River, NE 68883

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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