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United Methodist Church, Scotland
Saturday December 3rd, 2011

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Dennis Keith Ireland

Rev. Tom Petersen
Organist ~ Glee Deutscher
Solo by Quiana McElroy
“Amazing Grace”
Solo by Patrick Ireland
“How Glory Goes”
Congregational Hymns
“Precious Lord”
“It is Well With My Soul”
Ron Baker
Lyle Ireland
Todd Meyer
Robert Moore
Victor Settje
Ken Travnicek
Dennis Keith Ireland was born to Wilfred “Pat” and Agnes (Diede) Ireland on Tuesday, March 20, 1951 at Scotland, South Dakota. In 1969, he graduated from Scotland High School, where he was very active in sports. He attended the University of South Dakota on a football scholarship and graduated in 1973. He taught school briefly in Alexandria, South Dakota before moving to Alaska in 1975.
He immediately fell in love with the beauty and wildlife of the state. He started out as a “roustabout” and retired as a #1 Mechanic, working on the huge engines on the platforms used to draw oil from beneath the ocean. He worked for 35 years in the oil fields for the same company – which began as Marathon Oil and most recently purchased by Chevron Oil. He retired from Chevron in August of 2010, winning several awards for his 35 years of service on the oil platforms of Cook Inlet.
Dennis married Dianne Permenter on May 10, 1990 in Kenai, Alaska. However brief his retirement, he enjoyed his free time immensely. He loved puttering and working in his “dream shop” that he built in the 1990’s. His cars were always in order, especially his prized Corvette. He was a talented innovator and could build anything that was needed by friends or family.
Dennis was very much a homebody in his later years.  He  loved  being  in his shop and working on his acreage near Soldotna. He enjoyed setting up his telescope in the marshland on his land and observing the animal life there, especially moose and bears, and he also enjoyed working in the yard and splitting firewood. He liked going to his grandchildren’s dance recitals and performances. Dennis passed away at his residence in Soldotna, Alaska on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the age of 60 years, 8 months.
Dennis’ memory will be cherished by his wife, Dianne, of Soldotna, Alaska; two sons: Patrick Ireland of Astoria, New York and Joshua Ireland of Soldotna; a granddaughter: Quiana “Q” McElroy and a grandson, MalyQ McElroy, both of Soldotna; his mother, Agnes Ireland of Scotland; a brother, Richard (Carol) Ireland of Olivet; three sisters: Judy Strachan of Mesquite, Nevada, Ellen (James) Melius of Faulkton, and Nancy (Howard Hoffer) Wagoner-Hoffer of Bandon, Oregon; Patrick’s mother and former wife, Janis Ireland of Redwood City, California; and several nieces and nephews. 
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Pat Ireland; a stepdaughter, Jeana McElroy, three brothers-in-law Thomas Strachan, Thomas Broderick and Edgar Wagoner; and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Ireland.

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RIP Dennis.

Patty Dec 5 2011 3:01 PM

Prayers an condolence's for the familys of Dennis

Glenn Chance Dec 5 2011 6:10 AM

To Dennis family, I was saddened to hear of Dennis passing. I grew up with Dennis and feel privileged to have known him as a friend and classmate. As a teammate, he was a real competitor and made us all better. There are so many fond memories from those years. It has been years since I spoke with Dennis, but it was clear he lived his passion. Dennis touched so many lives in a positive way, and I know will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. My God bless and comfort you with the hope and promise of the resurrection.

Roger Gemar Dec 2 2011 5:20 PM

I was saddened to hear about Dennis. My heart goes out to his family. I started school with Dennis in kindergarten. We all knew each other very well and all took different paths. I knew his dream was Alaska ever since high school. I am glad he got to live his dream.

Sharon (Woehl) Hamann Dec 2 2011 11:29 AM

Patrick and Jan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cliff and Lyn Moore Vermillion Middle School

Cliff and Lyn Moore Dec 2 2011 10:33 AM

I was so shocked and saddened when I read of Dennis's death. I got to know Dennis when I was a senior in high school and then in college at USD/S. I got to know a wonderfully kind, gentle and compassionate side of him. I'm so blessed to have known him. May God bless and watch over all of you who love Dennis. Rest in His peace and let Him hold you.

Julia (Kastein) Jaeger Dec 2 2011 7:17 AM

My sincere sympathy to all of you. I always remember Dennis as "Nancy's Little Brother". May God bless each of you and help you find comfort in God's powerful love in the days to come.

Karen Wright Rembold Dec 2 2011 7:08 AM

With Sympathy, God Bless Him and his family, He surely will be missed. But loved and remember for as long as you live...

Keith Gemar Dec 1 2011 7:56 PM

As our next door neighbor for the last 16 years Dennis was quiet, kind, helpful and a good friend. We will miss him and our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

Rick and Michelle Jaramillo Nov 29 2011 1:44 PM

Dennis was a really good friend, classmate and teammate. He was one of the toughest guys I ever met, while being the nicest at the same time. My prayers are with his family and friends.

Bob Burke Nov 28 2011 1:27 PM

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