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Dennis Ausenhus
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    517 S.W. Des Moines Street
    Ankeny, IA 50023

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“Deb, Brandt, Merideth, Alex, & families,Our hearts ache as we think of the loss of Denny. My memories go back to our childhood years when I looked...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Rollin & Mary (Rinden) Tonneson - ND

“I met Dennis when I was the Executive Director of JDRF many moons ago. Unfortunately, Dennis and I had the shared bond of having 2 kids with Type 1...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Margie NELSON - West Des Moines, IA

“So sorry to hear about Dennis. We had hoped to come yesterday but Paul wasn't feeling well ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Anderson - Joice, IA

“Our sincere sympathy goes out to you, Deb, and your family. We cannot believe this has really happened! ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Madelyn Tetmeyer - Bradenton, FL

“My heart aches for you, Deb. I pray that Jesus will hold you and your family in His loving arms, comforting you and giving you the peace that only...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Miriam Pedersen - Ankeny, IA

“Dear Deb and family:I am so very sorry to hear about Dennis.I worked with him as an architect on several major projects through the years while he...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Scott Hatfield - West Des Moines, IA

“Dennis was always a Gentleman. It has been an honor and privilege to have known him. He will be missed. ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: Dennis Moon - Des Moines, IA

“Deb, Brant, Alex, Meredith and your family members,Dennis was a friendly and helpful neighbor not only to me, but to my husband, Bill, who is now in...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: nancy siebecker - Bradenton, FL

“Deb, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as Dennis is lifted up, and as you all take comfort that his Spirit will be with you...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Jon Garnaas - Clive, IA - Friend

“Dear Deb, Brant, Meredith and Alex,Our condolences to all members of your families. Denny was a quiet, considerate friend. He was fun to be around,...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Dale and Karen Matzen - Ankeny, IA

“My deepest sympathies. Dee Large ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Dee Large - Grimes, IA - Coworker

“Deb, Brant, Meredith, and Alex, not only was Dennis someone I reported to, but he became a friend. He was so kind to so many, not only in his...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Tina MASSMAN - CORYDON, IA

“I first met Dennis in Lamaze class in 1979. We were supposed to be a help to our wives but soon realized we had no idea what we were doing. I had...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Knapp II - West Des Moines, IA

“I attended school with Dennis at Hoover Elementary, Monroe Junior High, and one year at MC High School. It's been said by others, but Dennis really...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Alan Hayward - Mason City, IA

“I had the honor of knowing Dennis when I worked at the HyVee corporate office in 2000 and he was one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Ryan Zimmerman - Waterloo, IA

“Dennis was a true friend and I deeply valued our relationship, back to when he first started his career with Hy-Vee. I've had many excellent clients...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Harley Thornton - Des Moines, IA

“Denny was one of the kindest people I ever knew. We shared many good memories in high school and I always loved catching up with him through the...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Tommie Mann - Mason City, IA

“We mourn your loss and think of you with love. I know Dennis was a fabulous family man and a loving grandfather.Marlene and Rick Polmear and family ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Marlene Polmear - CO - Family

“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Doug Angell - Mason City, IA

“Deb, Brant, Meredith and Alex -- I am so sorry for your loss. Dennis was one of the smartest, funniest, kindest and most honorable people I have ever...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Ruth Comer - IA - Coworker

“I am so sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. I remember him at Trinity and high school as a very kind person who was active in the church. My prayers...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Rhonda Solem Couch - Phoenix, AZ

“So sorry to hear this news. Dennis was a wonderful man and mentor to me. He was a very strong leader as our department head but still knew how to...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: John Mann - Adel, IA - Coworker

“So very sorry for your family's loss ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Jay Sheahan - Mason city, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Such kind, caring and intelligent children and grandchildren come as a result of a great father. Thank you to the family for...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Andrew Burg - Ankeny, IA

“So sorry to hear of Denny's passing, many fond memories with your family over the years. Definitely another one gone too soon. Love to all. ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Amanda (Fielding) Bell - IA

“Brant, Rachel, Ben, Abby, MiaDeb, Alex, Meredith and families,Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Praying that you...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Cyndy Hockman - Ankeny, IA


Monday, June 22, 2020, Dennis Ausenhus, loving husband, father of three and grandfather of five, passed away at the age of 67. A visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Due to Covid the visitation will be drive through only and guests are asked to stay in their vehicles. A private funeral will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the funeral home with burial following at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.

Dennis was born on Saturday, August 16, 1952 to Norris "Happ" and Viola (Rinden) Ausenhus. He received his bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 1975 where he also met his wife-to-be, Deb Jensen. They married on August 14, 1976 and raised two sons, Brant and Alex, and one daughter, Meredith.

Dennis was always a hard worker enjoying a 30+ year career with Hy-Vee, Inc. He began as a landscape architect in the corporate office and later oversaw real estate, engineering, construction and equipment. After retiring in 2013, he split time in Florida and Iowa pursuing his passions – grandchildren, spending time outdoors, motorcycle trips with friends, travel, drawing, helping kids with home improvement projects, exercising, volunteering at Meals on Wheels and the SMART Ranch ( therapy horse ranch) and bible study.

Above all, Dennis was a man of faith, loved his family and was unequivocally kind to everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ralph. He is survived by his wife, Deb; children, Brant (Rachel), Meredith (Nate) and Alex (Janelle); and grandchildren, Ben (12), Abby (9), Kiley (8), Mya (6) and Brody (4).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to JDRF, Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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