CRESTON, B.C., Canada — Dennis James Vandeberg "Denny" passed away peacefully in his home at 2:45 p.m. May 17, 2013, at Creston. Denny was born Oct. 21, 1941, in Williston, N.D., to James and Bernice Vandeberg. Denny was a brother to four siblings: Joy, Glen, Ray and twin sister DeAnn. Denny grew up in a rural farming community of Bainville, Mont., where he attended school . After graduation, Denny stayed for a short time and worked with his Dad on the farm. Later Denny resided in Great Falls, Mont.; Eureka, Mont.; Whitetail, Mont., and Creston, B.C. Denny was enlisted in the U.S. Army for a short time and received an honorable discharge Feb. 5, 1964. Throughout his life Denny was multi-talented in the workforce: barber, construction, fire dispatcher, truck driver hauling timber, Cenex manager, Immigration officer for USA Dept. of Justice. Denny's passions in life were horses and rodeo, good ole country & western music, "the cowboy way of life," hunting and the outdoors, his quarter horse driving team Spook and Spirit. Denny's spiritual gift from God was "discernment." Denny was loved by all who knew him for his jokes, quick wit and story-telling ability. Denny retired in 2003 and one year later settled in Creston with his wife, Theresa, nestled at the base of the Skimmerhorn Mts. Maintaining his USA citizenship, Denny also became a Permanent Resident of Canada in April 2004. Denny loved to sing, dance and wished he had learned how to play a musical instrument in his lifetime. Denny lived a full and blessed life and was surrounded by great friends and neighbors!
Denny is survived by his wife Theresa Vandeberg of Creston; step-daughter Kaylee Polzin and husband Chad of Creston; twin sister DeAnn Larson and husband Arlen of Port Orchard, Wash.; sister Joy Nesseth and husband Murel of Port Orchard, Wash.; previous wife Pat Mahler of Scobey, Mont.; son Shawn Vandeberg and wife Carrie of Eureka, Mont.; son Brady Vandeberg and wife Melissa of Lusk, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Mikayla, Nikoda, Zach and Savana and several nieces and nephews. Denny is pre-deceased by his parents James and Bernice, brother Ray, brother Glen, several beloved friends, Arvin Otter, Hugh Blosser, Bob Arrotta, Marlene Cooper, Carl and Irma Smithers
Denny did not wish any funeral services; however, there will be a Celebration of Life Gathering at his home in the summer of 2013: notices will be sent out. Denny was also known as "Slim" and will be greatly missed by his wife Theresa. Captured on electronic recording, some of Denny's final words before passing away were: " Goodnight my all . . . goodnight everybody I love, I thank you all so very, very much! . . . I pray tonight for everybody . . . goodnight"