On Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, Dennis F. Fahrni, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 69.
Dennis was born in Canton, Ohio, to Donald Fahrni and Evelyn (Rine Fahrni) Dull in 1950. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he graduated in 1968. He received a B.S. degree in Education from Kent State University in 1971, majoring in English and Speech. He received his M.A. in Education Curriculum from Ball State University in 1974. In 1978 Dennis moved to Minnesota where he could pursue his passion of hunting and fishing. He taught English and speech at Braham Area High School until 1996. He taught writing at the Sandstone prison as well as the Cambridge Community College. After retiring from teaching, he delved into various professions, including: tutoring, car and boat sales, meat cutting, metal working, wood crafting and bartending, just to name a few. He worked for AmeriCorps, where he facilitated volunteer programs within Mora High School. For several years he was a guardian ad litem for the 10th Judicial District, a job which he believed he was born to do. After his final retirement, he built birdhouses out of his home in a business he called “Dabby’s Basic Birds.”
He loved to build fires in his woodstove, grow flowers and vegetables, feed birds and other wildlife, and take amazing photos of nature. He was an avid sports fan, and he loved to gamble. John Wayne was his favorite actor, Ernest Hemingway was his favorite writer, “Watership Down” was his favorite book, and Adele was his celebrity crush. He had a quick wit and a captivating charisma. His impact has been felt by many people throughout his life.
Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn; his father, Donald; his step-father, Louie Dull; his father-in-law, Norman; and his sister-in-law, Gladys. He is survived by his wife, Kelly; his daughter Tylinn (Brenden Hoover); his step-daughter, Jennifer Parish (Theo Karoumenos); and his step-grandson, Enzo Karoumenos.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com. Flowers or donations may be sent to 825 S. Union St., Mora, MN 55051.