Dennis Dippel

   Dennis L. Dippel, 62, Belmond, died unexpectedly at his home Nov. 25, 2021 as a result of an accident. Services were held Dec. 4 at the Belmond United Methodist Church. Burial was at the Belmond Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Belmond Fire Department, the B-K Booster Klub, or the Iowa Bicycle Coalition for the Racoon River Trail.

  Dennis, the son of Vernon and Lily (Wenzel) Dippel, was born May 26, 1959 in Belmond. He graduated from Belmond High School in 1977.

  Dennis drove a truck for National By-Products in Belmond for 11 years. He also drove a wrecker for McLaughlin Brothers for several years. He eventually joined the Wright County Road Department where he spent 30 years driving a maintainer and snowplow and did other tasks. Dennis had been a part-time employee at Golden Harvest, Mycogen Seeds and Syngenta in addition to his job with Wright County. He started working for the Belmond-Klemme School District earlier this year as a mechanic and assistant to the transportation director.

  Dennis was very dedicated to the high school volleyball program as a line judge and received recognition from the B-K Athletic Department for his long commitment. His love for volleyball was also reflected through his many years with adult volleyball leagues in Belmond.

  Dennis was united in marriage to Linda Symens in 1983. Their union was blessed with son Nathan in 1989. The couple later divorced. Dennis and Kay (Trampel) Kern had a daughter Natalee in 1999.

  Dennis appreciated his role as a father to Nathan and Natalee. Nathan recalls going with his dad to the fire station where he played on the trucks and other equipment, and spending time doing other things. Natalee reflects fondly on their time spent playing catch and working on her softball skills. Dennis was always in the bleachers cheering her on, and was always the first one to retrieve her softball home runs. Both Nathan and Natalee remember riding in the fire trucks at parades and other events. Dennis and Nathan shared a special baptism between the two of them at First Reformed Church of Meservey.

  Dennis was a stalwart with the Belmond Fire Department family for more than 42 years. He was always there for anything that needed to be done. He loved to maintain and detail the trucks and other equipment. Dennis was proficient in many different roles and was an important cog in its operations.

  Dennis loved bicycling and had been on infinite treks around the region, making countless friendships and memories. He had ridden with family and friends numerous times on RAGRBAI, the BRR Ride, and others. He looked forward to day trips along the Raccoon River Trail and High Trestle Trail. If the sun was shining, even in the chilly days of fall, winter or early spring, and if nothing else was on his agenda, one might see Dennis with his bike on the back of his car headed out for a day on a trail.

  Dennis loved music and attending concerts, especially if Arch Allies or Hair Ball were among the performers. His family smiles as they recall him doing workouts to Shania Twain. Dennis enjoyed tinkering with cars, watching the Vikings, and family get-togethers. If a gathering included bringing food, Dennis would supply his famous blonde brownies or buns. Those who knew Dennis will remember his always upbeat, energetic persona, hard work ethic, and his quick wit and smart comebacks, all of which were done in fun. His tragic and sudden passing will leave a void in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

  He is survived by his mother Lily of the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond; son Nathan Dippel of Belmond; daughter Natalee Dippel (Chase Schilling) of Swea City; sister Dawn Dippel of Surprise, AZ; brother Daryl Dippel of Ankeny; sister Dixie (Tim) Daniels of Belmond; and brother Dan Dippel of Belmond.

  Dennis was preceded in death by his father Vernon (2000); and brothers Dylan (1991) and Dean (2001).