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Dennis James Vandeberg

Creston, B.C. —Dennis "Denny" James Vandeberg passed away peacefully in his home at 2:45 p.m., May 17, 2013 at Creston, BC, Canada. Denny was born Oct. 21, 1941, in Williston, N.D., to James and Bernice Vandeberg. Denny was a brother to four siblings, Joy, Glen, Ray and twin sister DeAnn. Denny grew up in a rural farming community of Bainville, where he attended school. After graduation, Denny stayed for a short time and worked with his Dad on the farm then later Denny resided in Great Falls, Eureka, Whitetail and Creston. Denny was enlisted in the US Army for a short time and received an honorable discharge Feb. 5, 1964. Throughout his life, Denny was multi-talented in the work force: barber, construction, fire dispatcher, truck driver hauling timber, Cenex manager, immigration officer for US Dept. of Justice. Denny's passions in life were horses and rodeo, good ole country and western music, " the cowboy way of life," hunting and the outdoors, his quarter horse driving team Spook and Spirit. Denny's spiritual gift from God was "Discernment." Denny was loved by all that knew him for his jokes, quick wit and storytelling ability. Denny retired in 2003 and one year later settled in Creston,with his wife Theresa, nestled at the base of the Skimmerhorn Mts. Maintaining his US citizenship, Denny also became a permanent resident of Canada in April 2004. Denny loved to sing, dance and wished he had learned how to play a musical instrument in his lifetime. Denny lived a full and blessed life and was surrounded by great friends and neighbors !

Denny is survived by his wife, Theresa Vandeberg of Creston; stepdaughter Kaylee Polzin and husband Chad of Creston; twin sister DeAnn Larson and husband Arlen of Port Orchard, Wash.; sister Joy Nesseth and husband Murel of Port Orchard; previous wife Pat Mahler of Scobey; son Shawn Vandeberg and wife Carrie of Eureka, son Brady Vandeberg & wife Melissa of Lusk, Wyo.; four grandchildren. Mikayla, Nikoda, Zach and Savana; and several nieces and nephews. Denny was pre-deceased by his parents James and Bernice; brother Ray, brother Glen; several beloved friends, Arvin Otter, Hugh Blosser, Bob Arrotta, Marlene Cooper, Carl and Irma Smithers

Denny did not wish any funeral services; however, there will be a celebration of life gathering at his home in the summer of 2013: notices will be sent out. Denny was also known as "Slim" and will be greatly missed by his wife Theresa. Captured on electronic recording, some of Denny's final words before passing away were: " Goodnight my all.......goodnight everybody I love, I thank you all so very, very much!........I pray tonight for everybody......goodnight"

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 28, 2013
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