Dennis “Dino” Richards, age 68 of Billings, Mt (formerly of Broadus, Mt) passed away July 21, 2017 at the Powder River Manor surrounded by family after a four-year courageous battle with cancer. He was the fourth born on November 13, 1948 in Miles City, Mt to John and Eugenie (Johnson) Richards.
Dennis attended Broadus Schools, graduating in 1967. Dennis married Tina Thompson on March 10th, 1967. In October of 1967, their son Shawn was born in Miles City, Mt. Dennis then enrolled in airline school, which first took the family to Kansas City, Mo. His first job was with Frontier in Cheyenne, Wy. In 1968, he was hired by Northwest Airlines, which took the family to Helena, Mt. Throughout his employment, Northwest Airlines would transfer the family due to numerous strikes. In April 1971, their son Ronnie was born in Bismarck, ND and in April 1972, daughter Vikki Jo was born in Missoula, Mt.
Dennis enjoyed using his travel benefits with Northwest Airlines to visit numerous locations; such as Copenhagen, Florida, Massachusetts, Germany, Hawaii, Seattle, Alaska, Nevada and many more. One memorable trip was to the Final Four in New Orleans, LA with Cal in 1993. Dennis never knew a stranger. Throughout his years at Logan International Airport in Billings, MT, he would always go out of his way to upgrade his family and friends to first class, if possible. An added benefit would be for Dennis to walk them to the gate. In 2007, Dennis retired from Northwest Airlines with 38 years of dedicated service. He picked up a part time job with the Tanker Base for three summers, filling airplanes with fire retardant.
Dennis enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing, spending time at the Hutterite Colony with Dora, Peter, Ike and friends. He was also an avid fan of NCAA basketball-go Blue Devils! He treasured spending time with family, especially time spent with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Special memories with his children are his trip to Germany with Dave Kulas when Shawn was stationed in Kaiserslautern Germany in 1987; his trip to Boston, MA with Ronnie and friend Todd Harris to see a Boston Red Sox baseball game; and numerous trips with Vikki to see their favorite country singer, Don Williams. Dennis was a devoted, enthusiastic, passionate, eager fisherman and hunter making many memories with his father, sons, brothers, grandsons, nephews and special friends. Some of these memories are hidden and Shawn may take them to his grave.
His cancer battles were fought not only by Dennis, but by many willing to support and comfort him – with Vikki being there every step of the way at many appointments, Wendy’s guidance with her expertise and care, Tina’s reminiscing and pinochle playing, Dave McCurdy’s many hours of playing cribbage, Cal and Julie’s support, commitment and many rides to and from appointments, Johnny’s dedicated care and companionship. This made Dennis’s days less cumbersome.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, son Ronnie, nephews Terry, Davy and Scott and son-in-law KC Greslin. He is survived by Tina; his son Shawn (Wendy) and their children Brandy (Dillon), Gabby, Ronnie and Johnny; daughter Vikki (Jerry) and their children Koreena, Sami (BJ), Garrett, Ridge and Raegan; son Amos (Crystal) and their children Zander, Tayven, Shad and Cordelia; one great-granddaughter Braylee Jo; siblings Karen (Dallas), Gary (Lana), Dave (Carole) and Mike; nieces and nephew, Robin, Brookney, Vanessa, Jeannie, Rakki, Michaela, Nikolaus, Laurie, Tana, Jennifer and Raquel; and special friends Julie and Cal.
All of Dennis’s family and friends are considered honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus with family receiving friends from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Church. Private family interment will be held at a later date in the Valley View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in his name to the Powder River Manor, Henry Malley Memorial Library or to the charity of one’s choice.