David Kenneth Denekamp, Jr, age 55, of Minneota, MN, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 18, 2023 at his home. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gary, SD. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 pm with a Prayer Service at 7 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel Canby, MN and will resume Friday one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby, MN is entrusted with the arrangements.

David Kenneth Denekamp, Jr. was born on December 26, 1967 in St Paul, Minnesota to David and Judy (Reinke) Denekamp. The family moved to Gary, South Dakota when he was two years old and was baptized, confirmed and was a lifelong member at the First Lutheran Church, Gary, South Dakota. David graduated from Gary High School in 1986. Following graduation, he continued his education at SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota.  Following his education, he worked two jobs in Brookings before moving to Canby, Minnesota to begin working at Universal Forest Products in Minneota, MN. On October 14, 1995, David was united in marriage to Kora Hauger at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gary. They resided in Canby where they raised their two daughters, Abbi and Autumn. David was currently working at Grill Works in Marshall. He passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, September 18, 2023 at the age of 55.  He loved to fish, especially Northern Pike. David also enjoyed hunting deer with his Uncle Don, Cousin Ben, his father and many friends and would mount the antlers from the deer that were shot. David enjoyed gardening and canning. He was an avid sports fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins and NASCAR.

David is survived by his wife, Kora Denekamp; two daughters: Abbi (Cole) Eitzen and Autumm Denekamp; parents: David and Judith Denekamp, Sr.; sister, Jacki Cook; sister-in-law, Kim (Tim) Huber and brother-in-law, Kris Hauger and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents: John and Esther Denekamp, William and Violet Reinke; Aunt Gloria (Gus) Goltz, Aunt Donna Reinke, Aunt Marjorie Reinke, Uncle Bruce Evans; brother-in-law, Russell Cook and father and mother-in-law, Russ and Sandy Hauger.