Dennis "Denny" DeFrance, 64, of Billings, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at Billings Health and Rehab of complications from diabetes.
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He was born April 5, 1943, to Donald and Elsie (Maack) DeFrance in Whitehall. He was raised in Pony and graduated from Harrison High School in 1961. He worked for Midland Meat and Packing for 20 years and the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch for nearly 10 years as a meat cutter.
Denny began to hunt, fish, and oil paint at an early age. These three things became life-long passions. His greatest joy was fishing and camping with his family. Annual trips to Tongue River Reservoir where the grandkids could catch crappies by the dozens brought him great joy. Each year from the time he was 12 he had a successful elk hunt. He shot his last deer just two weeks prior to his death.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald, and baby sister, Darla.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Irene DeFrance of Billings; his mother, Elsie DeFrance-Terrill of Pony; his children, Gary and LeAnne DeFrance of Harrison, Lisa and Steve Creson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Shannon and Bill Heiser of Billings; and grandchildren, Taya, Derik, Arron DeFrance, Fern Creson, Mari-anni and Sianna Heiser. Also surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Daryl and Anne DeFrance of Pony; as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, to the Pony Homecoming Club, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Hope Lutheran Church, 1911 U.S. Highway 87 east, Billings, with a reception to follow. A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Pony Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Senior Citizen Center in Pony.
Special thanks to Billings Health and Rehab and the Billings Clinic dialysis unit.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2007