Dennis Comp


August 23, 1940 - November 17, 2020


Dennis Comp, 80, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Firesteel Healthcare Center. Visitation was held from 5-7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 24th at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. A graveside service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Funeral arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dennis Comp (or Denny as his mother called him) was a native of Mitchell, a graduate of Mitchell High School, and continued his education at Dakota Wesleyan University.  He grew up on West 3rd Avenue with his sister Marilyn Reyelts (Lynn) and parents, Sam and Mary.  Married in 1960 to Nancy Kippes Comp, together they raised their seven children Sam (deceased), Susie Schneider (Tom), Sandy Lynch (Jim), Scott, Sarah, Stacy, and Mike in homes in California, Mitchell, Plankinton, and Carthage.  He was grandpa to eight grandchildren and “Big Papa” to two great-grandsons.

Dennis was always happiest when he was surrounded by family, food, and possibly a good Western movie.  His love of the Wild West began when he was a child and spent time on his grandparents’ farm near Plankinton.  A hardcore fan of Louis L’Amour novels and Clint Eastwood and (of course) John Wayne, he enjoyed stories of the good guys and bad guys battling it out over some goldmine or stagecoach robbery.  Like his favorite cowboy characters, Dennis taught himself to play the harmonica and guitar and entertained us all with his songs.

As an entrepreneur, truck driver, grain elevator operator, and swimming pool serviceman to Hollywood stars, Dennis’s career path was very varied.  But whether he was starting up a new business, driving a load of grain through the plains, bringing bulk fuel to remote farms, or cleaning Mickey Rooney’s pool, his mind was always on getting home to his family.  His travels took him to nearly every state—including Hawaii and Alaska—as well as Washington D.C., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.  He even made it to Egypt to see the pyramids and take an infamous camel ride.  But whenever he got home, you could find him in his big chair, watching a Western, eating some homemade treat, and just happy to be there in the moment.

The family is grateful for the companionship, compassion, and outstanding care provided by the staff at Firesteel Healthcare Center­­­­ over the last years of Dennis’ life. 


Tuesday, November 24, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, June 24, 2021
2:00 PM
Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Lori Fett on December 15, 2020
Nancy & family - I'm so sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. I feel like I've been out of touch with the world for months and I just read his obituary in the paper this past week. I'm so sorry I missed his service. Thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time.
Posted by Jane M Goldammer on November 23, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Lyle and JoDene Darnell on November 23, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dennis passing. Our prayers are with you and all your family
Posted by Rita Hunt on November 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Comp Family. Sandy, Jim, Emily & Ty. Hope you know I am always here for you
Posted by Nadine Pence on November 22, 2020
Nancy my heart felt prayers are with you and your family with the loss of your Dennis. Love and prayers, Nadine
Posted by Alice Mentele on November 22, 2020
Nancy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Denny's passing. I'm glad I got to meet him a few times at July 4th celebrations. Take care, and God bless your entire family,
Posted by Mark and Colette Anderson on November 22, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all🙏
Posted by John, Sandy and Jenna Skinner on November 21, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
Posted by Larry and Mary Shoemaker on November 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Always enjoyed visiting with Dennis
Posted by Jane M Goldammer on November 20, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Posted by Julie Granger(Peart) on November 18, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. All of you have my deepest condolences.
Posted by Sheryl Wilson on November 18, 2020
Nancy and family, May God be with you all.
Posted by Hollie Karber on November 18, 2020
Nancy and family, you have my deepest sympathy! So sorry for your loss of Dennis!
Posted by Karen Spelbring on November 18, 2020
So very, very sorry Nancy to you & your loved ones on the loss of Dennis. May God's love embrace & comfort you during this difficult time. Love & prayers, Karen
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