Dennis L. Updegraff passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 26, 2018. Dennis was a\nresident at Royal Oak Assisted Living in Surprise, AZ. He was 69 years old at the time of his\npassing.\nDennis was born to Louise and Elias Updegraff on April 12, 1949, in York County, PA. He grew\nup enjoying the great outdoors, playing the drums, sharing adventures with his two younger\nsisters and brother, and made lifetime memories at Camp Penn in Pennsylvania.\nUpon graduating from Northeastern High School in 1967, Dennis joined the United States\nAirforce. While stationed in Kansas City, MO, he met the love of his life, Lou Ketchum. Dennis\nand Lou were married on Sept. 26, 1969. Dennis was sent to Vietnam, and Lou remained in MO.\nUpon completion of his tour, he chose to complete his service at the Air Force Radar base in\nLakeside, MT. He always said he knew he was "Home in God's Country", when he rounded the\nbend on Hwy. 93 and saw Flathead Lake.\nDennis started work as a Deputy Sheriff with the Flathead County Sheriff's Dept. in 1972. He\nand Lou welcomed daughter Blaise that same year, and Raigan two years later. Dennis made sure\nhis girls knew about the Lord first and foremost, and secondly, how much he loved them. He\nshared his love for hunting, fishing, sports, music, and the great outdoors. He was always a\npatient teacher as well as their biggest fan and loudest cheerleader. Dennis was famous for\nshowing up to the girls' basketball games wearing a rubber pig snout, proclaiming the "Flathead\nRooter" was there and ready to cheer. No matter what activity, how busy his schedule, how far\nthe drive--he was always ready to support and encourage his girls to aim for the stars and give\ntheir best.\nDennis loved to play golf and even made his own clubs. He made a set for each of the girls so he\ncould teach them to enjoy the game as a family. Many hours were spent on the golf course. He\nenjoyed golfing with his son-in-law, Pete, and best friend Nathan Bemis. The highlight of his\ngolf career was hitting a hole-in-one at Northern Pines Golf Course while playing with Pete and\nNathan.\nIn 1992, Dennis earned his favorite title as "Grandpa", and welcomed granddaughter Kailee\n"Little Brown Eyes". He, along with Lou doted on her from the first moment he saw her. 2000,\nbrought his second granddaughter Hailey, "Little Blue Eyes", and again it was simply absolute\nlove at first sight. All of his girls--Lou, Blaise, Raigan, Kailee, and Hailey completed his world.\nIn 2001, Dennis lost Lou to cancer and took on the role of "Mom" and Dad. In trying to keep\ncertain traditions alive such as special goodies for his granddaughters, he discovered a new\npassion for cooking. The family became test subjects for recipes...some great and others\n"experiments gone wrong".\nAfter 34 years of service with the Flathead Sheriff's Dept., Dennis retired and set out to enjoy\nretirement, wanting to enjoy his family and the many hobbies he loved. Dennis' life revolved\naround serving the Lord, serving his community, and always being the "care-taker and\nprotector", our Mr. Wonderful and Man-of Steel. He was a man that believed in giving a hand up,\nnot a hand out, and everyone deserved a second chance until they proved otherwise. He always\ntried to put people at ease and loved to make people laugh. He had an amazing sense of humor,\nloved to play practical jokes, and even enlisted Lou's help to pull of some "whoppers".\nDennis will be greatly missed but our many wonderful memories of him will always bring a\nsmile to our faces and comfort our hearts. He has been reunited with his love Lou, and his family\nand friends who have gone before. What a glorious reunion!\nA celebration of Dennis' life will be held on Oct. 20th\nin Surprise, AZ at the Royal Oak Home\nwhere he resided until his passing. Dennis will then return to his beloved Montana, where his\nhomecoming can be shared and life celebrated amongst his many friends and family he dearly\ntreasured. Further details for this celebration of a life well lived will be shared at a later time.\nThe family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in his name to the\nBill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128. Dennis and Lou had such a\nlove for this Ranch as well as the Deaf Ministry and the Deaf Community. Contributions can also\nbe made in his name to Camp Penn P.O. Box 511, 8005 Old Forge Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268.\nHe would love to see this camp continue for future generations.\nDennis is survived by his daughters and their families: Blaise, Pete, & Hailey (Arizona); Raigan\n(Texas); Granddaughter Kailee and great grandsons Gunner and Archer (Florida); sisters Mary\nHartz; Janet, Todd Strickhauser; brother David Updegraff and many cousins, nieces and nephews\n(Pennsylvania).\nSpecial thank you to Royal Oak Home, Gabriella, Florine, Oxana, and Nina for being our\n"Angels on Earth", taking amazing care of Dennis and becoming forever a part of our family.