Dennis Beckedahl, 73, of Williston, formerly of Epping, passed away Monday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2013, at Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston.
Dennis Roger Beckedahl was born in Sherwood on Jan. 30, 1940, to Melvin A. and Helen (Krueger) Beckedahl. He was raised and educated in Sherwood.
Upon graduation from high school, Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was trained as an artillery specialist. It was while he was stationed in Germany that he met Erika Vogel. The couple were united in marriage on Jan. 29, 1965, in Ansbach, Germany. Dennis was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of sergeant on July 29, 1965. The couple then returned to the United States, where Dennis was employed as a welder for various companies until his retirement.
Dennis was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He enjoyed riding his horse, Sinbad. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a longtime member of the American Legion.
Surviving Dennis are: his wife, Erika of Epping; son, Ronnie Beckedahl of Hemet, Calif.; daughters, Leila Beckedahl of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Cindy Beckedahl of Wildomar, Calif.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Darlene Minnie of Buena Park, Calif., and Donna (Dwayne) Just of Minot; and sister-in-law, Jackie Beckedahl of Sherwood.
Preceding Dennis in death were: his parents, Melvin and Helen Beckedahl; brothers, Darwin and Darold Beckedahl; and brother-in-law, Rex Minnie.
His graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Union Cemetery in Sherwood. Rev. Mark Roelofs will officiate. Interment will follow the service. There will be a time of remembrance and fellowship following the committal service at the home of Jackie Beckedahl in Sherwood.
Friends are welcome to sign a guest register and view pictures at Everson Funeral Home, Williston, on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and 30 minutes before the service at the cemetery in Sherwood on Monday.
Friends are welcome to visit (www.eversonfh.com) to share memories of Dennis or leave condolences for his family.