Dennis Wayne Justus
October 9, 1937 - February 24, 2020
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St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran Church
7801 West Acacia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Friday 2/28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Service
St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran Church
7801 West Acacia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Friday 2/28, 12:00 pm
Cemetery
Wisconsin Memorial Park
13235 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
Memorial

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7801 West Acacia Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53223.

Dennis Wayne Justus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was born in Sheboygan (WI) on October 9, 1937 and died February 24, 2020 at the age of 82. He was a Veteran with the US Army Reserve. He served as a Police Officer with the Milwaukee Police Department and in 1995 he retired after 31 years. Dennis was…

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Betty Lind left a message on April 3, 2020:
My prayers & sympathy to the family. I worked with Dennis at #7 back in the 70-80's. Always a nice guy, with a great smile and a warm sense of humor. He is greatly missed.
Dan Zeroth left a message on March 3, 2020:
From the Menomonee Falls CE&Rec Department, thank you for 28 years of volleyball Dennis, your presence in our gyms will be missed but not forgotten.
Joyce Martin left a message on February 28, 2020:
I've known Dennis for over 25 years mostly in the athletic arena - as a BB and VB referee. He was always smiling and full of jokes. I do not think I ever saw him get mad at anyone even when his calls were questioned. The young people loved him and he was always giving his scorer a fifty cent piece. My grandson got plenty of them. My sympathy to the family, we lost a good one!
Shannah & Taylor Schmitt left a message on February 28, 2020:
To a wonderful man with a heart of gold. Your smile, laughter & sincerity has made am impact on so many. My daughter's "handprint in the cookie" story & all of our cookie exchanges at volleyball will never be forgotten. You are amongst the loving Angels of the Lord now, but I know you're still keeping an eye on all of us. Sending sympathy, love & comforting prayers to the Justus family.
John Gustavson left a message on February 28, 2020:
When you live your life putting other people's needs and happiness at the center of everything you do, you have lived a great life. Dennis lived a great life. On behalf of all people involved in high school volleyball, we thank you for all you did for our student athletes.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Teresa Mueller left a message on February 27, 2020:
Dennis will be missed! I have been playing volleyball for 20+ years on and off and he was always there with a smile and a funny comment! Even if he hadn’t seen me in a while, he always remembered who I was! He always fair and kind. I will miss seeing him on the court in the ref stand! My sympathies to your family. Wish I could be there for the funeral. He was a great man!
Ruth (Block) Rose left a message on February 27, 2020:
Dennis now rests in the arms of Jesus. What a man he was! He & Vic are probably discussing all the games that Dennis refed for both Vic’s teams and my teams at St. Peter-Immanuel. Vic & I and our daughters, Rachel & Lindsey, got to know your entire family at SPI when we taught there in the late 70’s to the mid 80’s, until Vic died in 1986. Dennis was always willing to ref any of our games and we loved his humor and his kindness to players and parents. Karen & family, may you feel the comfort of God’s arms at this time & the many prayers that are being said for your peace & comfort. God will never let go! As believers, we have the comfort in God’s promise of what lies ahead.
Colleen Townsend left a message on February 27, 2020:
I will always remember Dennis’s sweet smile and warm, silly personality. I’ll miss seeing him reffing at volleyball. He has been such a part of that fun for decades. My deepest sympathies to his family and close friends.
Colleen Townsend left a message on February 27, 2020:
I will always remember Dennis’s sweet smile and warm, silly personality. I’ll miss seeing him reffing at volleyball. He has been such a part of that fun for decades. I will never forget him. My deepest sympathies to his family and close friends.
Robin C. Griepentrog left a message on February 27, 2020:
My sincerest sympathy to the family of Dennis Justus. I had the pleasure of serving with him on the Milwaukee Police Department and as a fellow member at St. Peter Immanuel Lutheran Church. He loved his job as a Police Officer and he loved his church and Savior. Now He rests in the arms of Jesus. May that knowledge give comfort to his loving family. You will be in our prayers.
Tony Amoroso left a message on February 27, 2020:
Sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. We were volleyball ref partners for several years. Every time we walked into a gym he would stop and talk with everybody: parents, players, coaches, parents and school officials. He was always ready to hand out his coins to unsuspecting people. Dennis loved reffing volleyball. With all the matches he did I was surprised he still had time to camp and volunteer. My sympathies and prayers go out to his family.
Olga Gajdosik left a message on February 26, 2020:
Dear Karen and family. My heart breaks for all of you. I met Mr. Justus on a bike tour many years ago. I have known him and Karen all those years and feel like I know all of you through the two of them. The closeness and love of your family, all the camping you did together , the holidays and celebrations , all the fun of your family gatherings, all the beautiful memories. He spoke proudly of all of you and along with Karen, created priceless memories for all of you. He never seized to amaze me with his stories, humor and a kind heart, The waiting room of my office became alive when he would come in, everyone would be entertained and teased. I will never forget his huge smile and just thinking of him makes me smile. He made this world a better place through his kindness and I will miss his visits tremendously. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Olga
Carol Smith left a message on February 26, 2020:
I remember Dennis! He gave me a coin! He was always so very nice to me and the kids!
Joseph P. left a message on February 26, 2020:
For the last decade plus, I had the great opportunity to share time with Dennis while he stood atop the ref stand at Frank Lloyd Wright. From the beginning, Dennis felt like a familiar presence, like he had known us for years. And as those years grew in numbers, Dennis was one of the best parts of coming into that gym. Always ready for a chat and a joke. I'm sure other teams felt the same, but it always felt like he was pulling for us. Always kind, always fair, always happy to be there. And I felt very happy and very lucky that I got to be there with him. That league, and I'm sure many others, will never be the same without Dennis. How could they. This guy was one of a kind. He will be missed.
Jeff Knutson left a message on February 26, 2020:
I knew Dennis from my time as teacher/athletic director at St. Peter-Immanuel in the 80's and 90's, He was a great volunteer during my time at SPI who always had time to talk and help. He was a big influence on me during my formative years teaching and coaching. His hallmarks were a big smile, kindness, a great laugh, a caring heart and a gentle spirit. Maybe his best quality was that he was this way with everybody - whether long time friend or someone he just met! He was a good, kind, Godly man who will be missed by many.
Michael Buehl left a message on February 25, 2020:
No matter what was going on in your life, if you reffed with Dennis, you walked away smiling. You will be missed. Rest in peace! Prayers for the family!!
Michael Buehl left a message on February 25, 2020:
No matter what was going on in your life, if you reffed with Dennis, you walked away smiling. You will be missed. Rest in peace! Prayers for these family!!
Lisa left a message on February 25, 2020:
Dennis always had a smile on his face went he walk down the hallway when he volunteer at luther manor. U will be miss on Wednesday R.I.P Dennis
Taylor Lewis left a message on February 25, 2020:
It’s so crazy how someone can so easily touch your life. You’ve been reffing me ever since I was a little girl and still would to this day. Dennis was my favorite ref, I would walk into every gym hoping it was him reffing. You would go out of your way to make me and my team smile, with your funny remarks and love and dedication to the game. I will miss your smile and how much you just loved your job. Rest easy. I will miss you so so much and so will the whole volleyball community. Rest easy.
Casey left a message on February 25, 2020:
Dennis had been a LONG TIME ref in my life (honestly probably 20 years!!) even as recent as Wednesday in West Allis. Always had so much fun reffing. I will miss your smiling face! He was so loved. So sorry for your loss
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Robina biesterfeld left a message on February 25, 2020:
This was my first volleyball season through MF rec department (Monday nights) and he was our ref...always smiling and sweet. prayers for his family
Robina left a message on February 25, 2020:
This was my first volleyball season through MF rec department (Monday nights) and he was our ref...always smiling and sweet. prayers for his family
William Rinnemaki left a message on February 25, 2020:
I enjoy doing volleyball with him and yes he always made it fun
Mike Buschmann left a message on February 25, 2020:
Sorry to hear about Dennis. I enjoyed working with him for many years as an official (just last week in Sussex) He was always happy and full of life. I will miss our many discussions.
Dana Sanders left a message on February 25, 2020:
Such a blessing to have know Dennis through vball!! Always cheerful, full of life, engaging and full of good wishes to all!! Peace!
Joe Chiesa left a message on February 25, 2020:
Dennis, I certainly enjoyed working volleyball matches with you, if only for a limited time. May you keep the Angels in Heaven in the proper rotation.
Krause Funeral Home & Cremation Services left a message:
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