1928 — Minneapolis Minnesota
Dennis' family were very active and committed members of Bethlehem Norwegian Methodist Church in Minneapolis. Not only his immediate family, but extended members also including cousins and grandmother Dorthea. When Dennis was in high school at North High School, a man by the name of Stanley Avery came to listen to the choir with his choir in mind. He heard Dennis sing, and asked if he would come and be a member of the choir at St. Marks Cathedral. He talked it over with his parents, and although they were not completely pleased at this change, they allowed it. Grandmother Dorthea, however was not pleased. Her words to Dennis were "What have you done?!". He joined the choir anyway, and it was there 4 years later that he met his wife Lois.