Dennis Hammerschmidt, age 79, passed away peacefully at his home on Lake Winnibigoshish on December 27, 2022.
Denny was born in Redwood Falls, MN on September 29, 1943, and was the youngest of eight children. He was a 1961 graduate of Springfield High School. Following graduation, he became a proud member of the Army National Guard where he served as a Troop Leader. He married the love of his life and best friend, Corrine Essig, on June 21, 1969. Denny was an outstanding athlete excelling in baseball, football, basketball, and track. He was a renowned catcher, and as a senior captured the attention of numerous Major League Baseball teams, including the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. As a father he turned his passion for sports toward his two sons, coaching youth baseball and supporting their competitive curling team.
He spent 19 years and countless hours volunteering his time building sets for the Maple River drama department. While doing all of this, he maintained his full-time job as a food salesman for over 35 years and developed long lasting friendships with many of his customers.
In his semi-retirement, he worked for Maple River school district as a driver and aid for children with developmental disabilities. He enjoyed his free time by golfing and fishing with his sons, and spending time with his grandsons. He was so proud of his family.
Denny is survived by his wife of 53 years, Corrine; his two sons, Cade (Kelly), Tanner (Alice); and grandchildren Eli, Max, and Crew, along with numerous family and friends.
Denny, known by his family as the “Big D”, was loving, caring, gentle, strong, accepting of all, unique and truly delightful!