Dennis L Skadsem,81, of Pine Haven, WY passed away on July 27, 2020 in Gillette, WY of natural causes.
The graveside service to celebrate Dennis’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden, MN with Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating.
He was born October 10, 1938 in New Maine Township near Newfolden, MN to Arthur Skadsem and Lucile (Magner) Skadsem. He attended school in Newfolden. At first Dennis worked on various farms in Marshall County, then he started working for the railroad. In 1960 he married Karen Hendrickson in Thief River Falls, MN. To this union 3 sons were born, Charles (Chuck) Brian, and Jason. They later divorced. He also worked at Agsco Chemical in Grand Forks, ND and 1964 he went to work in construction in Colorado and in Wyoming. In 1970 he started work in the oilfield where he worked the derricks and later became a driller; later moving back to MN and working construction until 1979 when he returned to the oilfields in Gillette, WY. In 1981, he married Marie Karsten in Gillette where they lived until moving to Pine Haven, WY in 1999. In 2000 he retired from Fuller Construction.
Dennis loved to have a good time and he especially loved fishing and entered many tournaments in Wyoming and Canada. He also loved hunting, 4 wheeling, dancing, and his dogs. His dogs Coco, Ruby, Duke and Taz spent many days fishing and traveling with him and Marie whenever they went fishing or visiting relatives in Minnesota.
Dennis was especially proud to have co-founded The Keyhole Reservoir Fishing Association with John Betts in 2000. In the 14 years it was active, they did a lot of things for the community and offered scholarships every year to 4 Crook County High School graduates with money raised from their 4-wheeler raffle held each Labor Day. He was also an active member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and other various hunting and fishing organizations.
Dennis is survived by his wife Marie, children Brian (Tami) Skadsem and Jason Skadsem, stepchildren Sam Karsten and Polly Karsten, 8 Grandchildren, siblings Beverly Boe, Ila (Myron) Anderson, Archie (Anita) Skadsem, Mike (Vicky) Skadsem, and Michelle Rose. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, son Charles, and 3 nephews.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Ct, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneral Gillette.com and at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN www.johnsonfuneralservice.com