Dexter Sidney

Dexter Joseph Sidney, age 75, died of respiratory failure on Friday, June 8, 2018, at his home in Prior Lake, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer and obstructive pulmonary disease.

A Celebration of Life Service will be observed on Saturday, June 16, at 11 am, at Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN, followed by a reception lunch in the Great Hall. A committal with military honors will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at 1:45 pm, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th AV S, Minneapolis, MN. Meet at Assembly Area #2. Memorials may be given to Colonial Church of Edina or the Prior Lake VFW.

After graduating from Dowling High School in Des Moines, IA, Mr. Sidney served six years in the US Marine Corps. He earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam. He attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines and received a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Butler School of Law.

Mr. Sidney’s career spanned the fields of journalism, banking, corporate purchasing/procurement and management consulting. He joined the FDIC – Resolution Trust Corporation resolving asset disposition of collapsed loan institutions during the Savings and Loan crisis of the 80’s. Mr. Sidney oversaw implementation of technology during the building and occupancy of Norwest (now Wells Fargo) Tower in Minneapolis. He played senior management roles with GE Capital IT Solutions and American Express before returning in 2002 to government service as a Senior Executive Service Officer at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington DC. In 2005. Mr. Sidney returned to Minnesota as Director of HUD’s Minnesota Field Office.

Before his retirement in 2015, Mr. Sidney resided in Burnsville for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Prior Lake VFW and the Marine Corps League.

Mr. Sidney is survived by his beloved wife, Karen, Prior Lake; son, Douglas, Apple Valley; daughter, Shannon Laska, Burnsville; son-in-law, Scott Laska, Eagan; grandson, Andrew Laska, Eagan; stepsons, Erik Miller, St. Paul; and Karl (Jennifer) Miller, Vancouver, WA.

Mr. Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Blanche (Carey) Sidney.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Sidney family.

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  1. Alexandra Loosbrock

    Thinking about you all and keeping you close in our hearts. Peace.

  2. Dexter was liked by all of his Dowling High School classmates. No one had a negative word to say about him. He was a kind, caring, smart, and funny classmate. We know he was a good marine and wish his family well while he explores the next phase of being.

  3. Dexter was an excellent role model and fine representative as a graduate of Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa. As a fellow classmate of his, I was always impressed by his energy level and positive enthusiastic spirit which so frequently characterized his work and efforts. We are all so proud of his unselfish spirit and service to our country. We are all so much better off for having known this fine gentleman.
    God bless Dex and his whole family.
    Kirk Estee
    Omaha, Nebr.

  4. I offer my condolences to the family of Dexter Sidney.
    I’m proud to have been a classmate of Dexter at Dowling!
    My prayers are with you and Dexter.

  5. What a beautifully written piece about Dex. His passing is a terrible loss to us all. He and I had many years of friendship since knowing each other since grade school. He was a kind, loving and gentle man yet also very bright and diligent in his career. He will be missed.

  6. Ferdinand Peters

    Dexter was a Marine. Nuf said. He was loyal–served his country in many different ways, including in positions of responsibility with the FDIC, Resolution Trust Corporation, and HUD. I value all the time we spent together working hard, talking baseball, and discussing how proud we were of our families.

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