Dennis “Denny” G. Wuesthoff, Sr., a resident of Nine Mile Falls, passed away on Feb. 17, 2012 in Yuma, AZ. Denny was born on Oct. 31, 1938 in Chewelah, the son of George Ernest and Gladine (Williams) Wuesthoff.
Denny was raised in Chewelah, where he attended school. In 1957 he graduated as a 12-year senior from Jenkins High School. Denny then entered the U.S. Air Force and served his country for four years. He was stationed in Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1961 and returned to Northeast Washington where he began a 32-year career with Northwest Airlines in Spokane. Denny worked his way from baggage to ground service chief and retired on Oct. 31, 1992.
While residing in Spokane, Denny married H. Catheryn “Penny” Parks. They shared 22 years of marriage and raised three boys, Herb, Dennis, and Kenny. While attending a class reunion in 1991, Denny was reintroduced to Donna Lehman-Bell. Their friendship blossomed and on May 2, 1992 they were wed. They resided for eight years at Waitts Lake before relo¬cating to Long Lake in the Nine Mile Falls area. Together they enjoyed traveling and ventured into the Mid-west and through¬out the western United States. Denny and Donna have enjoyed the warmth of winters in the Foothills area of Yuma, AZ for the past 12 years.
Denny was a man who loved his family and had a heart of gold. His high-energy approach and constant motion intro¬duced him to many friends throughout the years. He was genuine, humble and loyal by nature. He rebuilt several “hot rods” over the years and was a corvette aficionado. In his youth, Denny also bowled on the Northwest Team, often travel¬ing across the U.S. He was a “scrapper,” always on the lookout for copper and other treasures of metal. Denny could also be found at many farm and equipment auctions, always seeking new projects.
Denny was a longtime member of the Chewelah American Le¬gion.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenny Wuesthoff, and by his parents, George and Gladine.
Denny is survived by his wife, Donna Wuesthoff, at the home; sister, Linda Norris and husband, Mike, Chewelah; five sons, Herb Wuesthoff, Elk; Dennis Wuesthoff Jr. and wife, Michelle, Medical Lake; Kenny Wuesthoff and wife, Karen, Suncrest; Glen Bell and wife, Teri, Spokane; Bonnie Pete and husband, Mike, Colville; Teri Anderson, Spokane; Paula LaBlanc, Spokane; mother-in-law, Alice “The Norwegian” Lehman, Spokane; 19 grandchildren, Ashley, Harley, Shelby, Kyle, Taylor, Rylee, Kay¬dee, Amanda, Zak, Austin, Josh, Arin, Demeree, Jordan, David, Nicole, Jeff, Jessica and Joel; five great grandchildren and sev¬eral nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Mr. Dennis “Denny” G. Wuesthoff, will begin at 11 a..m., Saturday, March 3 at Gess Elementary School in Chewelah. Pastor Bart Orth will officiate.
Graveside services and vault interment will follow at Chew¬elah Memorial Park Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the service at Gess Elementary School.
Memorial contributions may be either the Shrine Hospital or to the charity of your choice. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.