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Dennis J. Fiihr

August 16, 1939 — November 14, 2022

Boyden, Iowa


Dennis J. Fiihr


Boyden, Iowa


Dennis J. Fiihr, age 83, of Sheldon, Iowa formerly of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa. His service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, November 18, 2022, at United Presbyterian Church in Boyden with Pastor Andrew Hilla ~ officiating.

Burial will be in the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden.

Visitation with family present will be from 5 – 7 P.M. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

The Vander Ploeg  Funeral Home in Boyden Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the Family at




BORN:  August 16, 1939 ~ Boyden, Iowa

PASSED AWAY:  November 14, 2022 ~ Sheldon, Iowa



10:30 A.M. Friday November 18, 2022

United Presbyterian Church; Boyden, Iowa

Rev. Andrew Hilla Officiating


Eulogy:  Warren Fiihr



“It Will Be Worth It All”

Sung by;  Janice Sneller


Processional: “Amazing Grace”

Recessional:  “Victory In Jesus”

Pianist:  Kim Godtland



Heather Butler                       Heidi Hoisington

Gabrielle Fiihr                                 Sophia Fiihr


Clark Butler                                      Cody Willett

Jade Hoisington                        Robert Hassing

Gary Christians                               Harris Kruse



Sheridan Township Cemetery

Boyden, Iowa


After the graveside service relatives and friends

are invited to join the family in the

fellowship hall of the church.


Arrangements under the care of the

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home Boyden, Iowa



      Dennis Joseph Fiihr the son of Joe and Josie (Smit) Fiihr was born August 16, 1939 in Boyden, Iowa. He received his education in Boyden graduating as salutatorian of his class of 1957, where he was on the baseball team. After graduation he helped his father on the family farm and dairy operation. On August 16, 1965 he was united in marriage to Harriet Hinrichs in Little Rock, Iowa. After their marriage the couple lived in Boyden for six months until moving to the Fiihr family farm north of Boyden. The couple farmed and raised Holstein dairy heifers. In their retirement the couple made their home on the family farm until October of 2021 when they moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon. Dennis lived for the last several months at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon where he passed away on Monday November 14, 2022 reaching the age of 83 years two months and twenty eight days.

      He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden where he had taught Sunday School and served as Trustee. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s activities, going to the sale barn for sales, traveling, fishing trips to the Iowa Great lakes and Chamberlain, South Dakota. He really enjoyed the family farm and was known as a successful farmer and was always willing to help his neighbor and in giving advice on farming which he truly loved.

        Dennis is survived by his wife of 57 years Harriet Fiihr of Sheldon, Iowa a daughter Julie (Dale) Willett of Harrisburg, South Dakota and a son Warren (Paula) Fiihr of Sugarland, Texas; five grandchildren Heather (Clark) Butler; Heidi (Jade) Hoisington; Cody Willett, Gabrielle Fiihr and Sophia Fiihr two great grandchildren Blake Hoisington and Corbin Butler and other relatives and many friends.

        He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Josie Fiihr and a granddaughter Isabelle Fiihr.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, November 17, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Boyden

712 Main St., Boyden, IA 51234

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Funeral Service

Friday, November 18, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

United Presbyterian Church

817 Lincoln, Boyden, IA 51234

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