Dennis VanDam – Moody County Enterprise
Dennis VanDam – Moody County Enterprise

Dennis “Denny” Van Dam, 74, of Colman, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. A private family service was held on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Colman, SD.
He was born on August 4, 1949, to William and Muriel (Park) Van Dam at the Chester Clinic.
He graduated from Chester High School in 1967 and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Leisinger, on November 24, 1967. They were married for 57 years.
Denny received his Bachelor of Science from General Beadle College in 1971.
He worked as a salesman for T&R Electric and Jerry’s Electric for nearly 50 years. He was a member of the St. Peter Catholic Board, auditor and alderman for the Town of Colman, and a member of the Rod and Gun Club. He maintained and supported the St. Peter Church grounds for nearly 40 years.
In retirement, he enjoyed mowing his lawn, watching football (he attended many Notre Dame games), and his grandson’s baseball games.
Before he retired, he went hunting and fishing with his friends and even played softball.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, Colman, SD; his daughter Angie May, Sioux Falls, SD, and son Brian (Julie) Van Dam, Dell Rapids, SD; the loves of his life, his grandchildren Krista May, Taylor, Brooke and Andrew (Freund Chloe) Van Dam; his brother David Van Dam, Chester, SD; his sisters Leanne (Gale) Swier, Madison, SD, Dianne (Darrold) Williams, Linda Nelson, Dell Rapids, SD, Joan (Bob) Van Liere, Wentworth, SD, Beth (Chuck) Buchheim, Chester, SD, Nancy (Dave) Sheridan, Harpers Ferry, IA; his special aunts Agnes Even, Humboldt, SD, Julie Abrahamson, Sioux Falls, SD, Rosalie Gannon, Dell Rapids, SD, Doris Singer, Falcon Heights, MN, and Betty Park, Colman, SD; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank (Pat) Leisinger, Trent, SD, Rich (Peggy McAndrews) Leisinger, Harrisburg, SD, Kenneth (Nikki) Leisinger, Brookings, SD, Bob (Glenda) Leisinger, Highmore, SD, Kevin Leisinger and Amber, Sioux Falls, SD, David (Karen) Leisinger, Chancellor, SD, Doug (Julie) Leisinger, Crooks, SD, and Cleo Leisinger, Sioux Falls, SD.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Muriel, father-in-law and mother-in-law Art and Veronica Leisinger, sister-in-law JoAnn Van Dam, brothers-in-law Tom, Joe and Jim Leisinger, Dale Huntimer and nephew Ronnie Leisinger.

By Aurora