Joseph P. Denning, 68, of Chippewa Falls, died peacefully at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
He was born August 15, 1950 in Chippewa Falls to Gerald and Lorraine (Nyhus) Denning. He grew up in Eagleton and attended Bartlett School, a one room school house, before transferring to Chippewa Falls High School. After graduation he was drafted in the U.S. Army.
On December 5, 1970 he married Kristie Brunges at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and soon after they moved back to Chippewa Falls.
Joe loved fishing and hunting and was a gun enthusiast, attending many gun shows to collect and trade different guns.
He has met a lot of people and made a lot of friends, some of his best friends within his own family. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He often made special trips to the store for supplies, or candy bars, for his “buddies.”
Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kris; son, Sean (Jenny) of New Richmond; daughters, Erin Denning and Colleen Denning, both of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Nolan, Lillian, and Sullivan Denning, and Ireland Dreher; brothers, Wayne (Kari) of Eau Claire, Ted (Barb) of Chippewa Falls, Jim (Sandy) of Chippewa Falls, Jeff (Mary Kay) of Sheboygan, Scott (Vickie) of Hudson, and John (Theresa) of Sheboygan; sisters, Nancy (Lawrence) Rothbauer of Cadott, Lou Ann Berg of Chippewa Falls, Dana (Wayne) Boos of Chippewa Falls, Elytta (Mark) Durkee of Sun Prairie, and Mary Denning of Sun Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald & Lorraine; infant brother, Thomas; and sister, Jerilynn (Jerry) Majeres.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at Our Hope Lutheran Church, 240 Chapman Rd., Chippewa Falls with Rev. Philip Pitt officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 1 from 4-7 p.m. at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, 44 E. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls and also one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Interment will be at a later date at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Hope Lutheran Church.