On July 2, 2017, Dennis Edminster passed peacefully from this life to reunite with his parents, Robert Paul and Patricia B. Edminster, and grandchildren, Lillian and Sadie, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his eternal companion, Dana Edminster, his three children, daughter, Whitney (Ryan) Chase, sons Bob Edminster and Matt Edminster, his granddaughters, Teagan, Ainsley, and Isla, as well as his siblings, sister Tina Weber, and brother Bobby Edminster.
Born on April 24,1957, Dennis lived all of his life as a learner; he excelled in every school he ever attended, graduating from Wahlert Catholic High School, class of 1975, in Dubuque, IA. During his youth, he also showed an impressive aptitude for music and became a member of the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, paving the way for his college education. In 1979, Dennis earned his Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University and acquired a Masters of Education at American Intercontinental University, graduating with a 4.0 with his Masters in 2004.
He served most of his adult life as an educator, both professionally and recreationally. Learning and teaching were his two greatest hobbies. Through his 60 years of life, Dennis was a band director, a classic “music man”, ala the 1957 Broadway Musical and, most recently, proudly serving United States military veterans and active service men and women for USAA (United Services Automobile Association.)
His single greatest passion, however, was his family. On July 14, 1990, Dennis became sealed for all time and eternity to his sweetheart and dearest love, Dana, in the Chicago, Illinois LDS Temple. With this beginning to his very own family, he continued to help raise and care for his three children. Dennis doted on his family whenever he could and instilled in them a knowledge pure love, teaching them through example how to love each other. Until his passing, Dennis was always a family man, and was absolutely crazy about his grandchildren, taking every available opportunity to babysit and play with them, often spoiling them rotten in the process. His many, many friends and his dear family will miss him dearly.