Dennis Lee Kalpakoff passed away at 70 on October 11, 2013 in Shelton Washington after a long illness. Dennis was a Vietnam veteran who served three tours of duty in Vietnam after serving in the reserves since April 1964. In Vietnam, Dennis was a U.S. Naval Seabee, Team 1014, serving as Equipment Operator in the Construction Battalion. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations insignia on the suspension ribbon, ribbon bar of the Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam campaign medal with device (1960 -). After returning to Anchorage, Alaska in 1969, Dennis joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves, as an Airman's Construction Equipment Technician.
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May 1st, 1970 Dennis married and started the successful Aurora Towing Inc., supporting his four children. Dennis excelled in the towing industry, and was inducted into the International Towing Hall of Fame for his extraordinary contribution to the recovery towing and storage industry. He also was an expert in medium and heavy duty towing and recovery and earned the title of Nationally Certified Master Tower.
Dennis is survived by his brother, Bill Kalpakoff, wife Judy, daughters Stacy, Christine, and Theresa, son Gregory, and grandchildren Joseph and Samantha. His grandson, Brett Redick, precedes him in death. Dennis enjoyed talking to everyone, fishing, camping and loved his family. "People to see, places to go, and things to do."
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2013