Dennis Dean Hart

Dennis Dean Hart

Nov. 4, 1963 – April 2, 2022

Dennis Dean Hart, 58, of Laurel, Neb., passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at his home in Laurel, surrounded by his family.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Laurel United Presbyterian Church in Laurel, with Pastor Charity Potter officiating.  Visitation was Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the Laurel United Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel.  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, Neb. 

Dennis was born on Nov. 4, 1963, in Worland, Wyo., to Harold and Kathy (Stevens) Durtsche.  After high school, Dennis furthered his education by earning a Certified Welding Degree from Northeast Community College in 1984.  On June 22, 1985, Dennis married Julie M. Fredricksen in Laurel, Neb.  To this union, the couple had two sons, Josh and Justin. 

Dennis was an active member of the Laurel community.  He started his career in welding. After welding for many years, Dennis and Julie purchased the Pizza Ranch in Laurel, Neb. For 16 years people enjoyed his pizza and chicken.  He took great pride in his job but due to health issues, he sold the business. Following a few tough years with health issues, Dennis returned to his love of management and took on a job at the Corner Mart in Laurel. He enjoyed all the good friends he made throughout the years.  His pride, perfection, and hard work built a legacy for all to follow.

Dennis enjoyed the outdoors.  He went on countless elk hunting trips to Wyoming with his boys and his Uncle Jay. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition, he enjoyed going to the lake, camping with his family and grandchildren. He loved spending countless hours playing with his grandchildren and took great pride in following their activities. He also loved Nebraska football and spending time with friends.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Julie; sons, Josh (Britney) Hart of Laurel; Justin (fiancé Keri) Hart of Laurel; five grandchildren, Haley, Hannah, Hunter, Quincy, and Chaney; mother, Kathy Stevens of Greybull, Wyo.; adoptive parents, Bill and Karen Young of Laurel; brothers, David Hart of Cody, Wyo., Troy Young of Laurel, and Brian Young of Laurel; sister, Vicky Owen of Winside, Neb.

Dennis is preceded in death by his father, Harold Durtsche; grandparents, Emil Durtsche, Betty Durtsche-Jones, Jack Jones, Dorothy and Alfred, Sr. Rath; brother, Donny Hart; brother-in-law, Andrew Fredricksen; grandson, Wyatt Hart; and cousin, Harold Durtsche.