Dennis Bradshaw

Dennis C. Bradshaw

October 11th, 1933 - October 8th, 2020
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Dennis Bradshaw, age 86, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown with John Fischer as celebrant.

Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm, Monday, October 12, 2020 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Denny was born on October 11, 1933 in Watertown, SD to Clayton and Della (Handorf) Bradshaw. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1951 and then entered the US Navy in 1951 at the age of 17. During his Navy career all during the Korean War he first served on the US Gilmore. He then attended submarine school in New York and was assigned duty on the USS Chopper. One interesting part of his career was getting called to the captain’s quarters and was asked where he learned to type. He answered in high school and the captain replied, you can thank your typing teacher because you are being transferred to Norfolk, VA. Denny was then assigned as a message decoder working with NATO.

After he was honorably discharged from the navy he attended SDSU for Biology and Wild Life Management for two years.

Denny married Jo Anne Enger on August 25, 1956.

Denny began his career at Midland National Life Insurance and worked there for over 20 years. He worked for about a year as an insurance representative for the Knights of Columbus. He was the manager of the Watertown Title Company. Denny concluded his employment career as an appraiser for First Federal Bank.

He loved to visit and tell jokes. He had a beautiful tenor voice. Denny loved hunting, especially with his son and grandson. He also enjoyed fishing and camping.

He truly cherished his family and animals, especially enjoyed his basset hounds, Mindy and Bailey, and any other dog he met.

He will be missed by Jo Anne, his loving wife of 64 years; his son, Jeff (Natalie); his daughter, Julie (Jeff) Mollenhoff; and his three grandchildren, Allison Bradshaw Johnson, Kyle Bradshaw and Jenna Mollenhoff; and his great grandson, Gibson Johnson.

Denny is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ed Bradshaw; his sister, Barbara Drake; his sister-in-law, Mona Bradshaw; and his brother-in-law, Richard Drake.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday October 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday October 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Tuesday October 13th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Tuesday October 13th, 2020 10:30am
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father John Fischer
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Jason Ostby

Posted at 08:47am
I'm so sorry to see this. Denny was the best neighbor a person could ask for. Our dog loved him and if she saw him outside there was no stopping her. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are sent with utmost respect & admiration.

Bonnie Oletzke

Posted at 11:32am
Denny trained me to be a property appraiser. I shared an office with Denny, Bob Schaefer, and Dean Gackstetter. I learned so much from those three men especially Denny. He was such a funny man. He could tell a good joke with very good timing. Denny will be missed.

Jerry & Gwen Schulz

Posted at 05:53pm
Worked with you a long time at Midland. You did a great job!

Katie Shriver Skibicki Posted at 01:11pm

Denny always made me smile when I visited my dad. Deepest sympathies to Julie and her family. May Denny Rest In Peace.

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