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Dennis R. YorkJuly 24, 1946 ~ January 18, 2018 (age 71)
Dennis R. York, age 71, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at a hospital in McAllen, TX. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Pastor Scott Dempster will officiate. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Saturday by 1:30 p.m. for a prayer service. There will be no visitation.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis’ grandsons: Dennis York III, Devin York, Sterling York, Skyler York, Willett York and Adrian Gilman.
Memorials may be directed to “AA” or Codington County Cares.
Dennis was born on July 24, 1946, at Watertown, SD, to Alvin and Jennie (Fish) York. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1963, serving during the Vietnam era and was honorably discharged in 1967.
On December 30, 1967, Dennis married Judy Green at Watertown. The couple made their home in Watertown where Dennis was a flooring contractor for 35 years, retiring in 2004. They spent their winters in Texas for the past 14 years. Dennis has had cardiac issues and fought cancer the last three years.
He enjoyed woodworking and loved his dogs, especially “BJ”.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Judy, of Watertown; his three children: Dennis, Jr. (Julie) York of Port St. Lucie, FL, Shawn (John) Gilman of Watertown and Travis (Wendy) York of Oak Hills, CA; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Duane (Nancy) York, of Watertown; one sister, Donna (David) Beynon, of Watertown; two half-brothers; four half-sisters; his mother-in-law, Joyce Green, of Watertown; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Cates, of Watertown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Daniel Cates; and his father-in-law, Louis Green.