James O. (Pete) Dennis, 86, of The Dalles, Ore., died Jan. 20, 2013.
He was born May 26, 1928, in Parsons, Kan., to John Dennis and Josephine (Wirth) Dennis.
After graduation from high school, he continued to help on his family farm. In the late 1940s, he came out West to work construction of the Columbia River dams. He married Pearl L. (Moore) Dennis on Aug. 25, 1950, in Hermiston, Ore. They were married nearly 60 years upon her death in July 2011.
He served with the U.S. Army in Korea, was wounded twice and among other medals was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
On Jan. 18, he was named as one of the 25 longest living members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701, granting him life membership.
He was an avid hunter, spending many hours with his two sons pursuing a love of the outdoors. Over the years he had many interests and hobbies and enjoyed the fact that his sons also shared in these with him.
Most importantly, family was his focus.
Survivors include son James W. Dennis and wife Julie, Dufur, Ore.; son Jeff Dennis and wife Jane, Portland, Ore.; three granddaughters and their spouses: Jennifer and Thom Thomas and Jacklyn and Bill Stewart, all of Gresham, Ore.; Jenelle and Jeremy McCleary, Parkdale, Ore.; grandson Ryan Dennis, Portland; and great-granddaughters Avery Thomas and Layla McCleary. He is also survived by his sister and brother and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, father and mother.
A memorial service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at The Riverenza, 401 E. 10th St., The Dalles.
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