IROQUOIS — Douglas Kent Fenner, 54, of Iroquois, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls surrounded by his family. A Glioblastoma brain tumor was diagnosed March of 2018.
His Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Monday, April 8, at First United Methodist Church in Huron. Visitation with the family present will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron; or one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. A Time of Sharing will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Welter Funeral Home in Huron.
Doug was born on October 9, 1964, in Huron to Wendell and Bonnie (Walters) Fenner. Doug graduated from Iroquois High School in 1982, and Northern State University in 1984 with an Associates Degree.He followed the wheat harvest for several years as a custom harvester until his dad’s death in March of 1991. when he took over the family farm south of Iroquois.
On February 2, 2002, he married Amy Nielsen in Jamaica. A winter date was chosen because as a farmer you have to work around calving, planting, haying and harvest seasons!
Doug loved to hear stories. It wasn’t uncommon to hear him say “Tell me a story!” He was also very passionate about farming, especially during harvest season when he got to reap the fruits of his labor.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Amy of Iroquois; mother, Bonnie of Huron; sisters ,Rhonda (Ken Dissing) Towlerton and Donna (Dr. Lee) Mabee all of Sioux Falls; nieces and nephews, Braden (Amanda) Towlerton of Iroquois, Alexis (Brent) Fredin of Sioux Falls, Cort Eidem of San Francisco, Calif., Britni (Thom) Bridge of Helena, Mont.; and his great-nephew, Brian Douglas Towlerton (who loved hanging out with his Uncle Gug Gug). He is also survived by his in-laws, Eudale and Helen Nielsen of Huron; along with the rest of Amy’s extended family;his beloved dog, Wilson; and many close friends he enjoyed spending time with, especially on Wednesday evenings at the Bird.
Doug was preceded in death by his father, Wendell; and both sets of grandparents, Merritt and Bertha Fenner, and Albert and Margaret Walters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Beadle County Humane Society, Avera Dougherty Hospice House, or a charity of your choice.