Dennis, age 68, passed away April 7, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. Dennis was born on July 13, 1953, in Williston, North Dakota, son of Bernice Anne and Jacob Frank Neigel.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents and two nephews. Dennis is survived by his three children, Katie McElroy (Montana), Christine Miller (Montana) and Jacson Wall (Idaho). Dennis has nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his four sisters, Linda Verbeck (Idaho), Liane Bentley (Montana), Debbie Neigel (Connecticut) and Jacquelyn Mortenson (Minnesota); and by three brothers, Mark Christian (Washington), Jack Neigel (Virginia) and James Neigel (Minnesota).
Dennis was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3041 in Stanwood, Washington. He really enjoyed spending time with his many wonderful friends there. Dennis was very independent and carefree. He was tenderhearted, kind and willing to help out when needed. His gentle spirit was a respite for all those around him. He went out of his way to learn your name to show that you mattered. He tried to help people feel good about themselves. His mother often told the story of how when Dennis was little, he was very protective over animals even those as small as an ant. He loved to tease those he cared for and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a little mischievous, silly and loved to laugh.
Dennis had the most beautiful smile and bright blue eyes that could light up a room. He was a proud American and loved to fly the flag outside at his home, inside over his skylight and on his bike and car antennas. He loved to ride his Gold Wing which allowed him that sense of independence and freedom.
He was proud of his daughters, their families and their many accomplishments. In the last two years of his life, he was surprised to learn he had a son from his youthful years. Dennis had the opportunity to get to know his son last summer.
The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude for all the support given to Dennis over the years, especially to Eric, Mike, Kathleen, Karl and numerous others. God bless you all for your loving concern to our brother, dad, and uncle.
A viewing will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. A graveside service held that same day at 2 p.m. at Yellowstone Memorial Park in Billings. There will be a Memorial Celebration held at Eric Hanson’s Home in Stanwood, Washington (date pending).