A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Dennis Carrol Fields, age 76, of St. Cloud, will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud. Father Tony Oelrich will officiate, Father Kevin Anderson and Father Bill Vos will concelebrate, and private burial will take place on a later date. Dennis passed away on Monday afternoon with his wife at his side after battling Alzheimer’s for years. There will be a visitation from 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, July 24, 2015 and again after 10:00 AM Saturday until the time of service at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 PM Friday evening. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Dennis was born on August 20, 1938 to Carrol Ray and Dorothy (Sahr) Field in Black River Falls, WI. He grew up with three siblings and graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1956. Dennis spent four years with the U.S. Navy as an instructor of electronics and electricity in the field of naval aviation. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and his doctorate at Texas A&M. Dennis married Anne Birchler on August 17, 1963 in Appleton, WI and together they had two children. He began his St. Cloud University career in 1971, and retired as a full professor of Learning Resources and Information Media in 2003. Dennis’ favorite passion was biking. He also enjoyed dressing up for Halloween, and many family members and friends commented on his “infectious smile.” Dennis and Anne, his wife of 51 years, loved to travel from coast to coast and especially internationally, from England, to China, and Australia. They’ve also been to Canada and Mexico. Dennis was a member of Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud.
Dennis is survived by his wife Anne Fields, St. Cloud; his mother Dorothy Field, Eau Claire, WI; his children Eric A. Fields, Muskego, WI and Amy A. (Dick Ressler) Fields, Seattle, WA; his brothers Darcy (Vicki) Fields, Eau Claire, WI and Pat Field, Millston, WI; his brother-in-law Richard Fosburgh; his two granddaughters Hannah and Sophie; and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Carrol R. Field in 1997 and his sister Suzanne Fosburgh in 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Dennis and Anne Fields Scholarship in Information Media: 720 Fourth Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or 320-308-3984.
Schedule and Information
There will be a visitation from 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, July 24, 2015 and again after 10:00 AM Saturday until the time of service. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 PM Friday evening.
Christ Church Newman Center -SaintCloud
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Dennis and Anne Fields Scholarship in Information Media. Donations can be brought to either the visitation or the memorial service, mailed to720 Fourth Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or called in with credit card information to320-308-3984.
Christ Church Newman Center -SaintCloud
~~My Condolences to Anne and Family:
Dennis was a good man and friend of mine and I regret that I did not stay connected with him after moving to Michigan. I was amazed at his athletic ability and enjoyed our workouts (I will never forget going on a bike ride with him in August on a 90 degree day and he didn’t break out into a sweat until about 20 minutes into the ride.). I also enjoyed our fishing excursions; some that included Steve Koyama whom we both revered. I found him to be a man of great spirit and enthusiasm for everything of interest to him. I learned a lot about learning resources and instructional media from him and was impressed with his desire to stay connected to the business community. The university and St. Cloud community were fortunate to benefit from his many contributions. What a totally great guy. I, too, will greatly miss Dennis. I really liked him.
All my best,