HICKSVILLE — Dennis L. Etchen, 72, Hicksville, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dennis was born April 8, 1946, to the late Vernon and Irene (Polter) Etchen. He was a 1964 graduate of Fairview High School. He also attended International Business College. On August 21, 1965, he was united in marriage to Patricia Klosterman, and she survives. His first love was farming and toy tractor collecting. His greatest treasures were his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed many of their activities including baseball, trap shooting, truck pulling and fair activities. Denny was a Fairview FFA member. He belonged to Fairview Young Farmers and was a member for many years. He also had been a 4H advisor.
Preceding retirement, he had been employed at Dotco, International Harvester, and Universal Tool and Stamping. He was also a farmer himself, along with helping neighboring farmers. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time having coffee with his friends.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Keith (Sheila) and Brian (Angela), all of Hicksville; three grandchildren, Kyle (Mara) of Rochester, Michigan, Ashley of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Codey of Edgerton, Ohio; and sisters, Pam (Pete) Kline, Connie (Robert) Roesch and Ruth (Gary) Wirth.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim.
Funeral services for Dennis will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastor Jack Teeple officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lost Creek Cemetery, Hicksville.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Transplant Center, Lutheran Kidney Foundation or Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com.