Dennis was born December 14, 1942 to Armand and Concordia (Drews) Dobberstein in New London, WI and became a child of God through Holy Baptism on January 10, 1943. He attended Emanuel Lutheran School in New London and was confirmed in the Christian faith on April 14, 1957. Dennis graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI, where he met the love of his life, Cathy (Techlin). After high school, Dennis took agricultural classes at UW-Madison, planning to take over the family farm with his brother Wayne, which they did shortly after he completed the classes. Cathy and Dennis were married on October 10, 1964 and the two became one. Children are a gift from God and the Heavenly Father blessed Dennis and Cathy abundantly! Eleven children were born to the happy couple, and the Lord, in his wisdom, took a set of twin boys to heaven shortly after their birth. Dennis was devoted to family even in his hobbies and interests. He coached many of his children in basketball or softball, along with countless other youngsters. Dennis loved spending time outdoors, whether it was hunting, gardening, or watching the grandkids’ sports. If he had to spend time indoors, a Western movie or book grabbed his attention. Whenever there was a chance to get together with family or friends, a game of cards always broke out, whether it was Countdown or Cribbage. Knowing that his sins were forgiven by Jesus, Dennis never feared death or hell, trusting solely in the grace of the Triune God. Praise God for the life of Dennis L. Dobberstein, loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and child of God.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, three sisters in infancy, his brothers, Leroy and Wayne; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eric Melso, Al and Eleanor Techlin, Bob Schmidt, Ethel Moeller, and Charlotte Sikes; and two children in infancy. He is survived by Cathy, his loving wife of 52 years; children: Tammy (Ken) Nollenberg of Waupaca, WI; Matthew (Christina) Dobberstein of Hudson, WI; John (Stacy) Dobberstein of Greenville, WI; Chadwick (Joanne) Dobberstein of Fountain City, WI; Luke (Lisa) Dobberstein of New London, WI; Mark (Michelle) Dobberstein of Manawa, WI; Rachael (William) Hinz of Fort Atkinson, WI; Jessica (Tim) Payne of Newburg, WI, and Benjamin Dobberstein of New London, WI; siblings, Marjorie Melso, Verlyn (Ena) Dobberstein, and Sharon (Wayne) Koenig; sisters-in-law, Bev (Elmer) Geiger, Joy (Ray) Jochman, Doris Schmidt, and Betty Dobberstein; brother-in-law Joe Moeller; 23 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation for Dennis will take place at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London on Sunday, March 12, from 1-4 p.m. His Christian Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 200 E. Quincy St., New London with visitation at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Rev. William Heiges will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Emanuel Lutheran Church and School. The Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family. www.clinehansonfuneralhome.com