homepage logo

Dennis D. Backstrom 1953-2011

Oct 4, 2011

Funeral service for Dennis Backstrom of Mallard was Monday, Oct. 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard.

Burial was in Rush Lake Cemetery. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Dean Backstrom was born May 29, 1953, in Fort Dodge, the son of Dean and Delores (Sage) Backstrom. Denny attended Mallard grade school, and he was a 1971 graduate of Emmetsburg High School.

He continued his education at Emmetsburg Junior College and Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where he received a bachelors degree in business management.

On Dec. 7, 1973, Denny was united in marriage to Cathy Schuller at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mallard.

Denny began his career with Hunt Truck Line in Rockwell City, working as a shipping clerk in the business office. The Backstroms moved back to Palo Alto County, and Denny took a position managing the Curlew Elevator.

In 1979, Denny began working for the United States Postal Service. He was a city carrier in Emmetsburg then served as Postmaster for the Mallard and Rolfe Post Offices. In March 2009, Denny retired after 31 years of service.

Denny was always very involved in the Mallard Community. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as an elder. He was also a member of Friends of Mallard and served on the Mallard Volunteer Fire Department.

Denny enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and working on the family farm. He and Cathy loved to travel and take trips to see their children and grandchildren. More than anything else, Denny treasured the moments he shared with his family.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, Denny passed away on his farm near Mallard. He was 58.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cathy, of Mallard; mother, Delores Shimon and her husband, Don of Havelock; son, Lee and his wife, Jill of Wake Forest, NC; two daughters: Laura Graff and her husband, Nate of Wilmington, NC and Lisa Barton and her husband, Josh of Washington, DC; and five grandchildren: Malia, Nathan, Sage, Taylor and Dean.

Also surviving are a sister, Deb Hansch and her husband, Randy of Monroe; and brother, Dale and his wife, Missy of Cambridge.

Denny was preceded in death by his father, Dean.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mallard Fire Department or Emergency Management Services / First Responders.

Online condolences: