Dennis R. Davis, 66Dennis "Denny" R. Davis, Nov. 13, 1946 - Aug. 15, 2012.
Dennis "Denny" R. Davis, Nov. 13, 1946 - Aug. 15, 2012. An extraordinary gentle and honest man who lived a full and colorful life. Lovingly remembered for his liberal views and his propensity for details, he always had a compassion for those who were less fortunate and struggling in this world. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Julie, he was a devoted husband for 23 years and a loving and immensely proud father to sons Reason and Madison. He adored his dog, Stella, and was grateful to have a number of people throughout his life that he considered good friends. Full of quick sarcastic wit, he enjoyed nature's beauty and bounty, thoughtful and spirited conversations, fishing, horseracing, reading, coaching Madison's baseball team, and playing DND with Reason and his pals.
Formal education rewarded Denny several advanced degrees and a Ph.D., but being a student in the '60s rewarded him with a passion for civil rights, the women's movement, and social justice. What followed was a career serving the non-profit and underprivileged communities in the Twin Cities. He was proud of his work.
We will miss his lengthy explanations, horseracing tips, muffins in the morning and orange-ups at night, numerous organizational charts, incredible smarts (especially at homework time), and his delicious winter chili.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Denny's memory can be made directly to Julie, and she promises to honor his wishes.
A celebration of Denny's life will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson, Wis. Casual attire expected; baseball hats welcome.
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