Dennis Michael WELLS

"Wicanhpi Wiyakpa (Bright Star)" Age 63 of the Mdewakanton - Dakota Tribe of Prairie Island and the Saginaw - Chippewa Tribe of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, died on November 7, 2012, at the Mayo Health Systems - Red Wing Hospital. He was a tribal member of Mdewakanton-Dakota Prairie Island Indian Community, a member of the Minneapolis Pipe Fitters Union, a past Commander of the VFW Post #246, a past department Commander of the M.O.P.H., a board member of the National Eagle Center, and a Member of the Red Feather Society. Dennis is survived by his wife, Carlene Wells; four children, Tammy (Rickey Garcia) Wells-Garcia, Herb (Miriam) Wells, Benjamin (Verlin) Wells, Sabrina Pavin; numerous grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four siblings, Richard Wells, Buddy (Sharon) Wells, Lylis (Loren) Siegel, Doreen Hagen; extended family and many, many friends. Dennis was preceded in death by his first wife, Deborah Kay Wells; parents, Leo and Beatrice Wells; one brother, Jody Wells; and two sisters, Denise and Janice Wells. Funeral will be 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Treasure Island Marina. Visitation will start at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 11, until the time of the service. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Published in Pioneer Press from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012