Dennis Harold Edwards passed away on Feb. 21, 2013, at Billings Health & Rehab after a short but dignified battle with lung cancer.
Dennis was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Harlowton, Mont., to Harold O. and Eva E. Edwards. He attended Harlowton schools and was a star contributor to several championship football seasons for the Harlowton High School Engineers. Soon after graduating in 1960, he married Dorothy DeBuff and enrolled at Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings). Shortly after the birth of his first son, Daniel, Dennis received his BS degree (History/Speech-Drama) from Eastern in December 1964. He moved his family to Ceres, Calif., where he began his teaching career. Two years later, he moved his family to Susanville for a teaching position at Lassen High School. Susanville was the birthplace of daughter, Denise. The following year Dennis received a fellowship to Utah State University where he received a MA degree in Political Science. Son, Douglas, joined the family during the year spent in Logan. The family returned to Susanville and Dennis taught political science at Lassen College where he remained for the next 12 years. He served as department chairperson for several years during his tenure at Lassen College. In the spring of 1982, he accepted a position as Dean of Humanities at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and went on to become Dean of Instruction. He retired in 1995 and they moved back to his hometown and "Big Sky Country."
Dennis is survived by his continued best friend, Dorothy Edwards; sons, Daniel of Elk Grove, Calif., and Douglas of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Mike (Terri) of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; grandchildren, Jordan Puckett, Abbott Edwards, Riley Edwards and Cooper Edwards; nephews, Steve Johnson and Mike Edwards; and niece, Kirsten Arauz.
Predeceasing him were his parents, his daughter, Denise Edwards, and sister, Linda Mills.
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Cremation has taken place with Dahl Funeral Chapel handling arrangements. As requested by Dennis, there will be no service at this time. A memorial will be held later this year.
Donations may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101, or to the Railroad Museum, Harlowton, MT 59036.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.