Dennis Wehrhan, 1939-2015

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dennis R. Wehrhan, 75, of Lansing, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society-Comforcare in Austin.

Dennis Richard was born April 21, 1939, in Topeka, Kansas, to Ferdinand W. and Audrey Y. (Nelson) Wehrhan. As a child his family moved to the Albert Lea area where Dennis attended school.

On Aug. 8, 1959, Dennis was united in marriage to Nadine Rae Janike at First Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Dennis and Nadine resided in Lansing for over 45 years. Dennis was an OTR truck driver since the age of 21. He was proud of having achieved the “over 1 million miles safe driver” distinction before his health forced him to retire at the age of 54. A member of the local Teamsters Union, Dennis loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed time spent with his family and friends in northern Minnesota.

Dennis Wehrhan

Dennis Wehrhan

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Survivors include his wife, Nadine Wehrhan, of Lansing; children Sheldon (Debby) Wehrhan of Austin, Kristine (Brian Friedrich) Jensen of Austin, Kathryn (Craig) Thomas of Roberts, Montana, and Sharon (Craig) Coordes of Lansing; grandchildren Nathan (Jennifer) Crews, Jeffrey (Tanya) Jensen, Jackie Jensen, Brittney (Brendon) Zierlein, Ashley Thomas, Keith (Maddy) Thomas, Caitlin Wehrhan and Dylan Wehrhan; great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Lincoln and Camden; and sister, Roxanne Wehrhan, of Rhinebeck, New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twins Scott and Susan at infancy; and siblings Robert, Everett, Kenneth and Florence.

Private family services are planned. Memorials in Dennis’s memory may be directed to Heartland Hospice, Minnesota DNR or the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Blessed be his memory.