MISSOULA – Dennis James Bressler, 64, of Missoula, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.
Dennis was born May 17, 1948, to James Edward Bressler and Joan Marie Hogan in Inglewood, Calif.
Dennis was a lifelong music lover and as a teenager played in the marching band, orchestra and swing band in his high school. Dennis graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1966. He was in several bands outside of school as well.
Dennis went into the Army a month after graduation and served one tour in Vietnam. He became an electrician after the Army and joined the National Guard for three years. He went back into the Army at age 30, spending a total of nine years on active duty. He was an electrician, plumber and builder.
Dennis was widowed at age 21 and divorced at age 30. In 1986, he moved to Montana, where he became reacquainted with his childhood friend Jerrilee Sue Goforth. Dennis became the stepfather of seven children.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Jerrilee Bressler of Missoula; stepchildren, Jason Eggleston of Stevensville, Becky Shumway of Boston, Jeannette Owens, of Waupun, Wis., Brian Eggleston of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Julie Vinson of Severn, Md., Brock Eggleston of Missoula and Bryce Eggleston of Stevensville; siblings, Mitchell Bressler of Great Falls, Leann Porter of Missoula, Cheri Guse of Sioux Falls, S.D., Kathy Stahl of Washington and Jenise Hart of Fallon, Nev.; and his best friends, Mike and Cyndi Triplett of Seeley Lake. Dennis had 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3201 Bancroft St. His ashes will be interred at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where he will be accorded full military honors the following week and at Rainy Lake this summer.
Dennis’s great sense of humor will be greatly missed.