Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services Offering dignified services since 1919

Back to Obituaries

Dennis L Carothers

Dennis L Carothers

Dennis Lamoyne Carothers, 79, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, passed away on April 24, 2021 after sudden cardiac arrest.

Dennis, known as Denny by friends and family, was born on December 7, 1941 to Kenneth and Norma (Thompson) Carothers in Durand, Wisconsin. After graduating from Durand High School in 1960, he joined Glaus Construction Company as a carpenter. In 1962 he joined the United States Navy and graduated from the Naval Machinist’s Mate “A” School before boarding and serving on the USS Samuel N Moore (DD-747) destroyer where he served during the Vietnam War until 1966.

After serving his country, he began work for National Presto Industries in 1966 as a millwright where he worked for 47 years until his retirement in 2013.

He met Donna Brantner when they were still teenagers, and they wed on April 30, 1966, going on to have two sons, Troy Carothers and Todd Carothers.

Denny sang with Donna in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church choir for over 25 years with their close friends from the parish.  Denny enjoyed a variety of outdoors activities for all of his life including hunting, fishing, and golfing. Denny had a strong passion for the Green Bay Packers and football in general. He and his sons played on a slow pitch softball team for several years with Donna in the stands to cheer.  This connection and time with family was something Denny always cherished.

Denny loved people and his friendliness and warm heart were constantly on display.  He could strike up a conversation with anyone and his ability to listen allowed him to find connections even with perfect strangers.  He was a strong supporter to his sons who were so fortunate to grow up with a role model for living life.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Norma Carothers and his brother Larry Carothers.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years Donna Carothers, his son Troy Carothers and his kids Carly, Claire, Paris and Clayton, his other son Todd Carothers (Lisa) and his kids Evan and Sean, his sister Bev Fichtenbauer (Ray), his sister Connie Weiss (Ron), and his brother Kent (Kellee).

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rock Falls, with Father Timothy Welles officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Rock Falls.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Rhiel’s Funeral Home in Durand where there will be a 4:00 p.m. rosary.  Viewing can also be done Friday one hour prior to services at the church.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Durand is serving the family.


  1. Deanna Rippley

    Gerry and I wanted you to know we are terribly sorry for your loss.

  2. Diane Peterson

    Donna and family. I am so sorry to hear of Denny's passing. I worked with him for 30 years at Presto. Such a nice guy. He always spoke highly of his family.
    I enjoyed running into you at Irvine with the grand kids in tow. Those will be good memories for the kids.
    God's peace.

  3. Norm &Sue Peters

    Donna, We are so so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing him at Hillcrest events for our grand kids. You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful husband. I was lucky to have such a wonderful friend. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family.

  4. John Judy parr

    Sorry for your loss hugs

  5. jimmy spence christenson

    Please accept our sincere sympathies. Denny was always a true friend. Even though we didn't see much of each other, he was always a great cousin. Many good memories. Great guy. Jimmy Christenson


    Dear Donna & family, I am sorry to hear of Denny's passing. I always enjoyed seeing Denny in my Chiro office. I hope you all can find grace & peace. Blessings on you all. Jim Abens

  7. Diann-Rick-Tanner Franson

    Aunt Donna, we are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Denny. We are sending prayers and love your way during this difficult time. ????

  8. Nadine Schuh

    Donna & family, I am so sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. You Will be in my prayers.

  9. Paula

    To Donna May Troy and Todd and family's I'm so sorry for the loss of Your husband and father and the grandchildens grandfather I hope the memories of him last forever and he was one of kind and I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers

    Paula. Smith

  10. Rita Lyon

    Deepest Sympathy to you Donna n Family. Sending caring thoughts n Prayers! Heaven gained a Special Angel!!

  11. Luanne Weissinger

    So sorry to hear about Dennis.....you two made beautiful music together...Hugs Donna

  12. Larry & Carol Bauer Prissel

    Donna and Family You all have our Sympathy. God Bless you .

  13. Gary W and Judi Bauer

    Donna, Gary and I were so surprised to hear of Denny’s
    Passing. Sending our prayers and sympathy Donna to you and your boys and family’s. RIP

  14. Kathy Luty

    Sending thoughts & prayers your way.
    Kathy & Bob Luty

  15. Judy Norrish

    Kent, Kellee and all families,
    Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Prayers sent!

  16. Candy Butler

    Condolences Donna and your family. So sad to hear about Denny. Take care.

  17. Pam &Jim Scott

    Our deepest sympathy to Donna, Troy and family, and Todd and family. May you keep your memories always close to you.

View More Posts ( # )