Dennis C. Jancik

March 2, 1936February 8, 2022
Obituary of Dennis C. Jancik
Dennis Jancik, 85, of Clive, IA, formerly of Buffalo, MN, passed away February 8, at Urbandale Healthcare Center, Urbandale, IA. Dennis was born in St. Cloud, MN to Thomas and Mary (Soltis) Jancik. He grew up in Sartell, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, and earned a teaching degree from St. Cloud State University. In 1967 he was united in marriage to Sandra Hill and they made their home in Buffalo, MN. Dennis was employed as an educator for over 40 years, the majority with Rockford Independent School District, Rockford, MN. During his teaching career he taught science, math, and behind-the-wheel driver education. Dennis loved looking at cars, often going for a drive with the sole purpose of going to a car lot to browse. He also had a fondness for cats, calling them “fleabags” as a term of endearment. A Minnesota Vikings fan, Dennis spent his Sundays watching the Vikings play and made sure his children were fans as well. Another of his hobbies was fishing. He would often bring his children along to fish from his canoe. When they were older he would bring them on day long fishing trips on the Mississippi river. Dennis was not much of a talker, but he was a very good listener. He was always available if a family member or friend needed someone to talk to. Dennis also had a very dry sense of humor, piping into conversations with witty remarks. Even though he often looked serious, he had a kind and gentle soul, welcoming people into his home and creating an extended family that is still strong today. Dennis is survived by his children, Jennifer (and Kendall) Bailey of Clive, IA, and Thomas (and Erica) Jancik of Minneapolis, MN; 4 grandchildren; sister, Leona “Toots” Ekker of Eden Prairie, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sandra; sisters, Helen and Rosemary; and brothers, Alvin, George, and Thomas. Visitation will take place on March 17th at 10am, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation or an animal shelter of your choice.

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