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Dennis Eliason, 71, of Sioux Falls, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital.
Dennis was born June 2, 1941 to Harold and Mildred (Riley) Eliason at Canton, SD. He grew up in Sioux Falls where he received his education, graduating from Washington High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years at Balboa Naval Hospital in the optometry department in San Diego, California.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Sioux Falls and was united in marriage with Rosemary Bauerle on August 3, 1963 at Marion, SD. Dennis worked at John Morrell & Co. retiring after 30 years of service. After retiring from Morrell's, he pursued a variety of business opportunities including trucking, a partnership in DJ's Bar and ownership of "The Only One" lounge in Lennox, SD. Selling the bar and retiring in 2003, he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, cars, auto racing and vacationing in Florida to visit his brother Fran's family there.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Rosemary; his children, Dale Eliason and his daughters, Amber and Tarah; Debbie (Mike) Williams; and David (Renee) Eliason and their daughter, Samantha, all of Sioux Falls; his brother, Francis (Sharon) Eliason of Tampa, FL; a brother-in-law, Larry (Lorraine) Bauerle of Lennox, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was predeceased by his parents; an infant brother, Ronald; and his sister, Audrey Clancey.
Funeral Services will begin 1:00 pm Friday at Embrace Church, 2800 E. 57th Street. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 10, 2013