Dennis Lee Whipple, 26, of the Lower Sioux Community passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 at his home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 28 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center. Burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Dennis Lee Whipple was born May 31, 1987 in Rhinelander, Wis. to Vincent Columbus Sr. and Sylvia Whipple. He was raised in Rhinelander and baptized at Mazakute Church in St. Paul. Dennis’ godparents were Jeannie Huberty and Dennis Whipple Sr. Dennis attended Mound Park School, Battle Creek Middle School, and Arlington High School in St. Paul. Dennis was always smiling and outgoing. He enjoyed snowboarding and watching the Minnesota Vikings. Dennis enjoyed having bonfires with relatives and friends and having cookouts; he loved to cook and share his recipes. He spent time playing games with his X-Box and watching movies. Dennis especially liked giving Alianna popsicles to share with other nieces and nephews.
Dennis is survived by his mother Sylvia Whipple of St. Paul; father Vince Columbus, Sr. of the Lower Sioux Community; siblings: Vince Columbus, Jr. and Joseph Columbus; nephew Josiah Caske Casiano Columbus; aunts and uncles: Joyce Whitted of California, Betty Tebo of Kansas City, Miss., Verna Warren, and Leslie Whipple both of St. Paul, Tim Columbus of California, Roland Columbus of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson, LaVonne Swenson, Sandra Geshick, Marilyn Hisday, Dan GreyEagle, all of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa Chee of the Lower Sioux Community; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Demis and Evelyn Whipple, Thomas and Iola Columbus, and many other relatives.