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Dennis Papendick had love of history

Dennis R. Papendick, 67, of Hot Springs, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at the Rapid City Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 22, 1950, in Brookings, to Herbert A. and Joyce R. (Solhjem) Papendick. Dennis graduated from Pierre High School in 1969 and graduated from Moorhead State College in 1973 with a degree in business.
Dennis had a great love of history. He worked as a curator at the Pioneer Museum (the Old Schoolhouse) in Hot Springs for 38 years, and played an integral part in contributing to the improvements of the museum over the years. Dennis’ real passion was for railroad history, collecting many antique railroad items such as lanterns, padlocks and books. He was a regular attendee of rummage sales throughout the Black Hills over the years. Dennis also worked part-time for a professional cleaning company.
He had a great love for animals, especially dogs, since he was a young boy.
Dennis will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his mother, Joyce Papendick of Rapid City; his sister, Eileen (Tom) Armstrong of Omaha, Neb.; his two brothers, Steve Papendick of Hot Springs and Randy (Linda) Papendick of Rapid City; nephew, Jon (Jess) Armstrong, Papillion, Neb.; and nieces, Julie (John) Frazier of Lincoln, Neb., and Laura Papendick of Rapid City.
A celebration of his life will be at a future date.
A memorial has been established by the family.
Friends may sign his online guest register at