Dennis Emmett Andersen, 69, of Simms, died of natural causes Thursday, Nov. 8, at Warm Springs State Hospital.
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A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Simms Community Church. Burial with military honors will follow at the Sun River Cemetery, with a reception at Simms Community Church afterwards. Croxford Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Dennis was born Dec. 22, 1942, in Great Falls, to Emmett F. and Eva June (Moore) Andersen. He graduated from Simms High School in 1960. He served in the Army for three years as a helicopter medevac crew chief doing humanitarian missions in hostile areas in Somalia and Africa. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, and traveled to Africa and Egypt. He was honorably discharged in 1967.
He married his wife, Pat Holzheimer-McGivern on April 8, 1964. They left for Portland, Ore., the next day to seek new adventures. He went to school at General Motors Sales and Maintenance Welding Technical Training, and took drafting classes at Portland Community College. He retired from the Portland shipyards in 1985 after he was injured on the job. He managed Coast to Coast/Ace Hardware in Portland until he retired in 2001 and moved back to Simms with his wife.
He had two sons, Lee Emmett Andersen, who is married to Laree Dollison, and they have two daughters, Leena and Leanna of Shoreline, Wash.; and Duane Patrick Andersen, married to Toni Andersen, and they have two children, Dusti and Dayne of Enumclaw, Wash., and he is a Seattle firefighter.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Andersen, Simms; mother Eva June Andersen, Simms; brothers Vernon ( Bonnie) Andersen of Bynum; Vic Andersen (Jane Heath) of Simms; Jack (Gloria) Andersen of Deer Lodge; sister Nadine (Bob) Rusk of Missoula; son Duane (Toni) Andersen of Enumclaw; four grandchildren, Leena, Leanna, Dusti and Dayne; and cousin and best friends, Dell and JoAnn McCann.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett Andersen; and son Lee Emmett Andersen.
A special thanks to Warm Springs Medical Hospital, Benefis Hospital, Kathy Christensen, Simms Community Church and all of our family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested donations could be made to Bright Eyes Animal Shelter, Choteau or the Volunteer Fire Department, Simms.
Condolences may be posted online at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 15, 2012