Dennis M. Goodmanson, age 77, of New Prague, formerly of Park Rapids and Burnsville, died peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous 21-year struggle with early-onset dementia on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague.  Dennis was born on May 15, 1939, in Minneapolis, MN to Duane E. and Verlyn E. (Topel) Goodmanson.  He attended Minneapolis Public Schools, graduating from Central High School, and finishing his education at Dunwoody College of Technology.  Dennis married Jeannette “Jeani” Zmuda on August 25, 1956 in Minneapolis. He started his career as a baker at Emericks Bakery in Minneapolis.  He also worked for Pillsbury and International Multifoods.  With these industries, Dennis was instrumental in creating the dough for “thick and chewy” and “thin and crispy” crusts for Pizza Hut.  The couple spent most of their lives raising their family of six children in the Minneapolis area with a 2-year jaunt in California from 1972-74.  After retirement in 1997, they moved to their cabin in Park Rapids and wintered in Florida.

Dennis served on the board of Bethany Academy for many years, including a term as board chairman. He was an avid athlete who could play any sport.  He enjoyed playing catch with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren even into his final year.  He loved fishing, biking, and golf.  His love for adventure and waterskiing always made him insure that he was the last one to ski before the boat was put away for the winter.  Finally, he enjoyed his years in Florida, especially watching the sunset over the gulf with his loving wife of 60 years.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Jeani of Savage; children, Tim (Nancy) Goodmanson of Mahtomedi, Jodi (Mark) Brown of Prior Lake, Donna (Dan) Craven of Mt. Dora, FL, Gregg (Laura) Goodmanson of Ft. Myers, FL, Dan (Rebeka) Goodmanson of Burnsville; brothers, Don (Yvonne) Goodmanson of Park Rapids, David (Chris) Goodmanson of Long Beach, CA; sisters-in-law, Ginny Goodmanson of Columbia Heights, Agnes Goodmanson of Carpinteria, CA; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kimberly Momquist; brothers, Dale and Duane “Skip” Goodmanson.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 2:00 PM at Bethany Church (6900 Auto Club Rd., Bloomington, MN) with Gregg Goodmanson officiating.  Visitation will take place beginning at 1:00 PM with the service following at 2:00.  There will be a dessert reception immediately following the service.

Memorials are preferred to Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center Memory Care Unit which is called The Little Village.  Flowers should be sent to Bethany Church in Bloomington.