Dennis (Denny) Marks, 75, of Buhl, died November 23, 2019 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Hibbing, MN on August 24, 1944 to Carl (Ed) & Kathryn (Kay) Marks, Denny was a proud, life-long Iron Ranger.

Denny graduated in 1962 from Martin Hughes school in Buhl, where he was a great athlete, excelling in both basketball and football.

After high school, he went to work for Hanna Mining Company, working in various locations for Hanna including their research lab and ore docks on Lake Superior. He retired from Hanna in 1992 after 27 years of service.

Denny and wife Sharon were united in marriage on October 2, 1965, . They resided in Buhl for 54 years.

There are very few people whose lives weren’t touched by Denny Marks.

On a civic level: Denny brought Kid’s Peace to the Buhl school, was part of the Mine Reclamation Project that developed the Buhl swimming beach/camp ground and he served on the city council and as Mayor of Buhl. Denny was also on Buhl’s Nursing Home Board, helping develop the Cornerstone Villa Nursing Home and assisted living facility.

Denny served as a volunteer fireman and ambulance driver in Buhl, was chairman of the Recreation Board in Buhl and he was instrumental in bringing youth hockey to Buhl, where he coached the community’s youth for many years.

On a personal level: As a gifted wood-worker, Denny crafted projects for anyone who asked, and even for those who didn’t ask. He was known for helping everyone in town with snow removal, construction projects, and anything else that was needed. Denny was always willing and able to help.

Denny’s most recent love was for his meticulously restored, 1931 Ford Model A. Denny and Sharon enjoyed cruising across the Range and attending car shows.

Denny is survived by his wife of 54 years Sharon, daughters Kim Poaletti (Rick Black) of Tampa FL and Stacy Houge (Jeff) of Stillwater. Siblings Betty (Larry) Cipperly of Andover, Dick (Donna) Marks of Side Lake, Tom (Sue) Marks of Eveleth, Debra Bachel of Kinney and grandchildren Tony Poaletti, Brayden Houge, Mikko Houge, Adriana Houge and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is proceeded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald Marks.

The family would like to thank staff of Cornerstone Villa for the exceptional care they provided to Dennis.


A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Rupp Funeral Home Chapel, Chisholm, with Fr. Anthony Craig officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Inurnment will be in the spring at Lakeview Cemetery in Buhl.

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