Obituary: Dennis D. McIntosh

Nov. 9, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2023

Dennis David McIntosh 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home with family by his side on Nov. 25, 2023. He was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Chicago to Horace and Bernice (Planz) McIntosh. Dennis barely graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1965. On Nov. 26, 1966, he married Jane F. Kneeland in St. Paul. She preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2022.

In 1967, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 as an M.P. in the D.M.Z. with the 5th Infantry. When he returned home, he decided to serve his community and became a deputy for DuPage County Sheriff’s Department. In 1978, he and his family moved to Wisconsin where he worked in law enforcement for another 25 years, ending his police career as Chief in Sturgeon Bay. Dennis was proud of his police career, especially graduating from the F.B.I. academy in 1985.

In 2004, he was elected Mayor of Sturgeon Bay and accomplished many of the city’s goals including securing funding for the Oregon Street Bridge and the new city hall. From 2004 to 2016 Dennis had another career at Baylake Bank as their Corporate Security Officer, where he made many wonderful friendships. Upon retirement, Dennis enjoyed going to the casino and driving his Corvette and taking it to several car shows. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his granddaughter, Lauren. In 2023, Dennis found happiness and companionship with Karen Balchunas and on Sept. 11, 2023, they were married in Sturgeon Bay.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; son, Scott (Regina) McIntosh, Green Bay; daughter, Jennifer (Jonathan) Meacham, Sturgeon Bay; one granddaughter, Lauren Meacham; a sister, Carol Cummings, Lyndon, Illinois; two brothers, Timothy “Bud” McIntosh, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Chuck (Sue) McIntosh, Lombard, Illinois; two brothers-in-law, James (Georgia) Kneeland, De Pere; Michael (Connie) Kneeland, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jane; brother-in-law, Wesley Cummings; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Kneeland.

Funeral services will be at 11 am Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Dr. Matthew Knapp officiating. Inurnment will be in Bayside Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 7 pm on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at Forbes Funeral Home and from 10 am until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday. In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Old Glory Honor Flight On-line condolences may be offered at

Thank you to all his friends and family for the support and kindness.