Dennis D. Kyseth

March 29, 1943 – July 2, 2019

Dennis Darnell Kyseth, 76, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, went to be with the Lord on the 2nd of July 2019 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

He was born on the 29th of March 1943 in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Clarence and Ada Bigalk.

“Brother D”, as he was affectionately known was a 1961 graduate of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Upon graduating high school, he served in The United States Navy from 1962 – 1966. While serving in the Navy, he was aboard the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier.

After the Navy, he worked with the United States Government where he met Hilda, in which they married and lived abroad. The family then moved to Florida where he attended Burnside Ott Aeronautics and received his aircraft dispatcher license and commercial pilot’s license, and also began a career with the Marriot Corp as Restaurant Manager on the Sunshine State Parkway.

Dennis left the Marriot Corp. and owned a couple of businesses:  Denny’s Sport Shop in Ft. Pierce, FL and Arkansas Greenhouses in Springdale, Arkansas.  In 1979, the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and he received a degree in counseling at the Heritage School of Evangelism and worked for the Charlotte Rescue Mission (Rebound) for seven years. He became the Executive Director of the Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1990 to until his retirement in 2010.

Dennis dearly loved his students, colleagues and all the people he would meet in various churches where he would be invited to hold a program.  He had a very fulfilling life. Dennis loved the Lord, loved singing and loved to study the Bible. For fun, he loved to fish and play putt-putt.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hilda; his son, Kevin and his wife, Renee of Charlotte, NC, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a son, Darin Darnell; two sisters: Judy Johnson and Janice Floyd; and two brothers: Jack and Bud.

The family wishes to thank the staff, at Olde Knox Commons in Huntersville, especially those that work on the 300 hall, for making the last few months of his life as comfortable as possible; we love you and appreciate each one of you.

The family will receive friends starting at 11:00 AM with a service to celebrate Dennis’ life starting at 12 Noon, Saturday, the 10th of August 2019 at the Morningstar Fellowship Church (formally PTL & Heritage USA) located at 375 Star Light Dr., Fort Mill, SC 27915.

Memorials may be made to Greater Piedmont Adult & Teen Challenge, PO Box 77914, Greensboro, NC  27417.

Notes of encouragement and condolences may be made to the Kyseth family by leaving a comment below.

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Janice Boulware Duff

12 months ago

Dear Hilda- I feel so blessed to have met and loved you and Dennis. You have brought a special sweetness tho my life. I pray abiding peace and joy for you in the days ahead. God is not finished.


12 months ago

Great man of God, he will be dearly missed. Our loss is Heaven’s Gain…..I can only imagine

Donna Haggard

12 months ago

What a wonderful man Dennis was. Harold and I both enjoyed our talks with Denns when we met in the hallway at MorningStar after running errands. He was always an encourager. Love and miss him so much,

Gail Bousum

12 months ago

Dear Hilda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to meet both you and your husband, Dennis. You are both such warriors for the Lord. My time with you both will always be remembered in my heart. With love and prayers,

Chester Draughn

12 months ago

Praying for sweet hilda and the family I won’t get too make it too his service but my thoughts and prayers are with you all I will miss bro D tremendously love you all God be with you all

Chester Draughn

12 months ago

Love you miss hilda may God be with you at this time of sorrow bro D was a big influence in my life at teen challenge I will miss him so greatly he will be missed God bless

Hilda Thompson

12 months ago

Beautifully said. Sure he will deeply missed. What a great life he had touching so many people. God bless to the family.

Marilyn Miller

12 months ago

I love you so much Uncle Dennis….I am glad you have no more pain, I Know you are happy in heaven with Jesus. I will miss you dearly, You were the best Uncle anyone could ask for, You always gave me the best advice and taught me about the Bible.
I love you Aunt Hilda and pray the Lord will be with you and give you Peace at this very sad time,

Frankie Durham and family

12 months ago

Hilda, it was truly a blessing to have met Brother D during his ministry at Teen Challenge in 1992. His heart and compassionate to introduce men to Jesus was our life’s rescue, and remains today. He will be forever loved and missed, as he stands tall in Heaven!


12 months ago

Dear Kevin and Renee,
I’m so sorry for your great loss. I’m sure both of you are weary from taking such wonderful care of Kevin’s Father. You and your family are in my prayers, and I pray that the Lord gives you comfort, peace and much needed rest.

Jean Dolschenko

11 months ago

I did not know Mr Kyseth but he had to be a good man to raise such a kind, considerate son as Kevin who had the support and help from his wife Renee. God bless you. Jean Dolschenko

Kathy Capps

11 months ago

Dennis was a prince of a man. He loved being an instrument of Gods love to so many! I treasure the memories of working with him for two years at Teen Challenge. He had such an encouraging spirit and always saw the best in people. He left an imprint and I’m thankful for his and Hilda’s friendship! Praying blessings on Hilda, Kevin and the rest of the family.

Hilda Kyseth

11 months ago

Thank you so much Kathy. He loved you so much and Don as do I. You, two, have such sweet spirits!! My best to you and your family!!


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