Daniel A. Dennler

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Daniel Austin Dennler was born Aug. 27, 1963, in West Union, the son of William and Barbara (Rainey) Dennler. Dan was raised on a dairy farm outside Elgin, on Hwy. 56. He graduated from Valley Community High School in Elgin. Dan’s career as a meat cutter was something he was proud of and enjoyed. His last employment was at Sam’s Club in Waterloo. On May 26, 1990, he married Dee Alshouse in Cedar Falls. They welcomed a daughter, Katelyn, in 1991. They later divorced but still remained close friends.


Dan, often referred to as Dough Boy by family, loved being outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing, horseback riding or just taking in the view. He was always up for a good western movie. Dan also enjoyed spending time with his beloved dog Gunner.


Dan passed away on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at the age of 58, at UnityPoint Allen Hospital. Dan is survived by his daughter Katelyn of Waterloo; sisters Lou Anne Dennler (special friend Ginger Dedor) of Elgin and Billie (Jeff) Cowell of Claremont, Minn.; brother Darren (Karen) Dennler of Crawfordsville; sister-in-law Nancy Dennler of Elkader; three nieces Amy, Beth and Zoey; great nieces Lily and Lucy; and great nephew Oliver. 


He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Barbara, and a brother, David Dennler.


A private family burial will be held at Illryia Community Church, Elgin, on Sept. 10, followed by a celebration of life from 1 to 3 p.m.


Memorials can be directed to the family.

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