DJ DennAugust 30, 1942 ~ March 14, 2020 (age 77)
Memorial Mass for D.J. Denn, 77, Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Reverend Scott Schilmoeller will be the celebrant. Inurnment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Military honors conducted by the Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard, American Legion Post 16 and VFW Post 1644. A Reception will be held at the Pizza Ranch after the burial. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Denn passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.
He was born on August 30, 1942 in New Jersey and graduated high school from Cedar Rapids, NE. After graduation, he joined the Air Force. DJ met his wife, Simone, while stationed in Maine. They were married in 1961. After the military, DJ worked for American National Insurance which brought him to Grand Island and then to Norfolk. DJ left the insurance business for Godfather’s Pizza. He opened the Norfolk store in 1976 and went on to open several other franchises of Godfather’s around the Midwest.
DJ was active in the community and church. He served on the Catholic School Board as President. Later, DJ became a basketball referee, something he loved dearly. DJ was big supporter of the athletic clubs in Northeast Nebraska. He retired from Godfather’s and refereeing in 2010.
DJ is survived by his three children and their spouses; Michelle (Matt) Whitney of Mapleton, MN, Steve (Dawn) Denn of Osmond and Nicole (Chad) Meyer of Orlando, FL, nine grandchildren Tina Zurcher, Allyson Mettler, McKenna Ehlers, Jaron Denn, Tanner Denn, Chase Denn, Maesik Denn, Merrix Denn and Olivia Meyer, and three sisters Donnalynn, Dedee and Tina.
DJ was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Simone, who died on September 9, 2018.