Richard S. "Dick" Denecke, 71, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, from complications of Alzheimer's. A Bozeman native, he was born Sept. 18, 1937, to Virginia Pickrell and William A. Denecke II.
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He married Carol Frankovich in Anaconda on Oct. 4, 1969.
Dick attended Bozeman schools, graduating from Gallatin County High School in 1956. He was enrolled at Montana State College for one year, but graduated with a forestry degree from The University of Montana in 1962. He was a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at both U of M and MSU.
He was employed by the U.S. Forest Service for 35 years, retiring from the Gallatin National Forest in 1999. Dick also worked in Colorado for the Forest Service and for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation additionally in Missoula, Anaconda and Kalispell.
He was a member of the Society of Foresters and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Dick was also a member of the Jaycees, Kiwanis, Elks and the Masons. He was an active member serving both boards on the Hawk Boosters and the MSU Bobcat Boosters.
He enjoyed outdoor activities, especially golfing the "Jube Events" on countless Saturdays with friends at Riverside Country Club. Dick was a staunch supporter of the Bobcat football and basketball teams, both home and on the road.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; his first wife, Kay; and his mother-in-law, Mayem.
Dick is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Doug (Julie) of Worland, Wyo., and Dan (Stacie) of The Woodlands, Texas; daughters, Deanna Ridgeway of Kingman, Ariz., and Dawn Denecke of Bozeman; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Denecke of Bozeman, and Darlene (Bob) Brown of Spokane, Wash. He is also survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, one nephew, and many cousins.
Memorials may be made to the MSU Bobcat Club, the Alzheimer's Association, or to a charity of choice.
A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Holy Rosary Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 19 to Oct. 24, 2008