Dennis L. McCoy, 72

Dennis McCoyDennis L. McCoy, age 72 of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk Centre, died Monday, April 22, 2013 surrounded by his family at the Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. John Paul Erickson officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. A Rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with parish prayers held at 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Dennis Lee McCoy was born September 3, 1940 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Ronald and Marie (Sullivan) McCoy. He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1958 and went on to Mankato State the following year. In 1959, he started working at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the daily newspaper in Sioux Falls, where he met his future bride, Dorothy McDonald.  The couple was united in marriage on June 17, 1961 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1961, they moved to Minnesota and operated the Brooten Review. Along with his brothers, Dennis started the Dairyland Peach in 1967. Together, they ran the Dairyland Peach until the early 1980’s. In 1981, he founded the Neumann Press, a classic Catholic book publishing company.

He was a former member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.  His Faith was very important to him. Dennis founded the Central Minnesota Chapter of Una Voce, a group dedicated to the promotion and support of the traditional Latin Mass, in union with Rome. He enjoyed restoring classic cars, woodworking, and listening to his favorite music. He also loved ballroom dancing with his wife at the Lakeside Dance Club in Glenwood and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy McCoy of Long Prairie; children, Colleen (Joseph) Cianflone of Sauk Centre, Michael McCoy of Long Prairie, Kathleen (Paul) Kerin of Sauk Centre, Timothy (Mary) McCoy of Long Prairie, and Steven McCoy of Long Prairie; ten grandchildren;  brothers, Tom (Mary) McCoy of Longmont, Colorado, Jim (Marlene) McCoy of Little Falls, William “Joe” (Audrey) McCoy of Long Prairie; and Brian (Shirley) McCoy of Sauk Centre; brother-in-law, Marvin Vearrier of Sauk Centre; and sister-in-law, Regina McCoy of Browerville.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Ellen Vearrier; and brother, Kirk McCoy.

Serving as casket bearers will be Dennis’s grandsons, Sean Kerin, Brendan Kerin, John Cianflone, and Patrick Kerin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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