ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- A Rochester city leader is laid to rest.
Dennis Hanson died on Wednesday afternoon after experiencing a brain aneurysm early Wednesday morning. Saturday nearly a thousand people gathered for his funeral and to celebrate his life.
A son of Hanson's says, "It's amazing how many lives that man has touched. In the short amount of time to be able to do that is a remarkable thing and only he could probably do it."
Dennis was a pivotal figure here in Rochester and a friend to so many people.
His niece Trica adds, "All of us as a family just knew him as Uncle Dennis or brother Dennis or just good ol' Dennis and we've come to learn over the last few days he was so much more than that. He was a community member and we realized how much more he was to the city or Rochester."
As the casket carrying Dennis exited the Christ United Methodist church there was not a dry eye among the crowd.
John Wade a City Council member and friend of Dennis says, "Many grown men told me how they cried but what they also share is a belief that Denny wanted to celebrate life and he did it everyday."
Dennis obviously touched the hearts of many.
Born and raised in Rochester, Dennis was extremely active in the city up until the time of his death.
He served as the City Council president and the voice of the public.
Saturday person after person spoke about the impact Dennis had on their lives and the change he made within this community.
Wade says, "Denny more than anything had a tremendous heart for the city of Rochester. He loved it. he loved it's people and he had a great sense for it's future."
His family and friends gathered for a reception after the funeral and celebrated in his memory.
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