Dennis Olof Nordin, 85
Dennis Olof Nordin, 85, formerly of Lancaster, Minn., and longtime resident of Seattle, Wash., passed away on Jan. 29, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Dennis was born on Oct. 17, 1937, in Hallock, Minn., the son of Olof (Ole) and Helen (Burnell) Nordin. He was the second child in the family of 12 siblings.
He began school in the Poppleton Township country school, walking there every day with his older sister, Lois, even though he was too young to start school himself. When Dennis was old enough to start school, the teacher placed him and Lois in the third grade together, skipping the second grade. In 1949, the country school consolidated with Lancaster Public School in town. Dennis graduated in 1953 at the age of 15. Following graduation, he worked at home until he was old enough to work for the Kittson County Highway Department doing surveying. At 18, he was promoted to Assistant Kittson County Engineer. He joined the National Guard and in 1960, he was called to duty because of the Cuban Missle Crisis. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., where he met and married JoAnne Mehl. After they married, they moved to Seattle in 1963 and he began working as an engineer for BHC Consultants in Seattle as a project manager. He continued his education while working. Dennis enjoyed his job immensely and retired in 2006.
Dennis was known for his great sense of humor and loved spending time with his family. He was very proud of them.
Dennis is survived by: his loving wife, JoAnne, of 59 years; son, Michael (Tami) of Chehalis, Wash.; daughter, Anne (Trevor) Bryant of Kent, Wash.; grandchildren, Cullen Bryant and McKenna Bryant; siblings, Lois Boroski, Ron (Layl), Judy (Dan) Remer, Randy (Peggy), Peggy (Joey) Wilebski, Arlen (Janet), Faye (Chuck) Potrament, Galen (Julie), all of Lancaster; sisters-in-law, Susan (Don) Morton of Kansas, Ellie of Mesa, Ariz., Jeanie of Strasburg, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Carl, Harris and Jimmy; brothers-in-law, Frank Boroski and Doug Whitlock; and sister-in-law, Cinda Nordin.
Dennis will be interred at he military cemetery, Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.