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Dennis Fritz

February 24, 1945 — September 9, 2023

Belle Fourche, SD

Dennis L. Fritz, age 78 of Belle Fourche, died Saturday, September 9, 2023, at St. Martin Village of the Good Samaritan Society in Rapid City, surrounded lovingly by his family.  Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 3pm on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Belle Fourche.  A wake service will be held at the church at 8pm Wednesday, September 13, 2023.  There will be no visitation.  Arrangements are with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Friends can leave written condolences and view a video tribute at  Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery.

Dennis Lyle Fritz was born February 24, 1945, in Mobridge, SD, son of Alvin and Elizabeth (Holzer) Fritz.  A difficult childhood, he lost his mother at a young age.  As a result, Dennis loved the simple things in life, home cooked meals, spending time with family, and being home.  His father served in the military.  During that time, Dennis, his mother and two siblings lived with Grandma and Grandpa Fritz west of Trail City.  After the unexpected death of their mother, Dennis and his two siblings went to live with relatives.  Following that they moved to Timber Lake, Walker, and finally McIntosh.  Dennis attended school in McIntosh where one of his greatest memories was helping his team advance to the 1962 Boy’s State High School Basketball tournament, a historical first for the school. 

In November of 1964, Dennis was united in marriage to Karren Sanow. To this union a daughter, Karmon Kaythrne and son, James Lyle, were born.  Following their marriage, they lived in McIntosh where Dennis worked at the grain elevator.  Karren and infant daughter died suddenly, just four years after their marriage, in 1968. On September 18, 1970, Dennis married Gwen Erz at St. Michael Catholic Church in Watauga, SD, and they became an instant family.  A lifetime of working in the grain elevator business in Watauga, SD, Haynes, ND, Chadron, NE, eventually led him to managing the elevator in Belle Fourche before retiring from there after 34 years.

At the beginning of 2023, Dennis faced serious health challenges.  Through it all he lived with faith, courage, never complaining. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, where one of his favorite things to do was flipping pancakes for the biker breakfasts each year. He also volunteered at the Compassion Cupboard.

Dennis loved his family.  They were always his first priority. An avid fisherman and lover of all sports, one of his passions was to watch his kids and grandkids compete in their activities.   He also loved to cook on his grill, and made a mean stuffed baked potato.  He was a strong and compassionate man who endured many difficult events in life, but always maintained his positive attitude. This most likely was due to his deep Catholic faith.  Second to his family, he loved his boat, camper and tinkering in the garage. 

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Gwen of Belle Fourche; daughter Karmon (Darin) Brickman of Overland Park, KS; son, James (Pam) Fritz of Winner, SD; five grandchildren, Tanner (Payton), Sydney, Nicholas, Brady and Sophie; sister Peggy (Skip) TenBroek of Bismarck, ND, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his extended family Annetta Sutton, Mary Engle, CeCe Soucy and their families; Gwen’s nine siblings and their families.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Karren, and infant child; brother, Gary; as well as extended family Harry and LaVerna Kittleson, Joe, Wally, and LaVonne.



Mass of Christian Burial

3:00 P.M. – Thursday – September 14, 2023

St. Paul Catholic Church

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Father Kevin Achbach


Music By

Maggie Kindsfater, Katie Hoffman

Mary Engle, Annetta Sutton, CeCe Soucy


Honorary Casketbearers

Doug Bryant          Dennis Erz          Doug Erz         Matt Erz

Paul Erz       Tim Erz        Bill Senftner         Skip TenBroek


Active Casketbearers

          Brady Fritz          Tanner Fritz       Nicholas Brickman    

Marty Jung       Jim Seyer     Derry Fritz       Bob Seurer



Pine Slope Cemetery

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

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Service Schedule

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Wake Service

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Starts at 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

St. Paul's Catholic Church

855 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Mountain time)

St. Paul's Catholic Church

855 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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