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Dennis L. Garrison

Dennis L. Garrison, age 72 of Wall, SD, died November 21, 2008, at his home in Wall.

Closed casket visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, November 28, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall with the family present.

Private family interment will take place at the Wall Cemetery, with Pastor JoEllen Flesner officiating.

Dennis L. Garrison was born October 17, 1936 in Rapid City, SD, the son of Wayne Dennis and Arlene (Carstensen) Garrison. He attended grade school at the Pennington Square School, rural Wall, for eight years. He then attended Wall High School graduating in 1954.

After graduation, Dennis entered the United States Navy, where he spent time in the South Pacific and Far East. He was attached to a fleet oiler, the USS Mispillion AO-105 for two years. While in the South Pacific, Dennis participated in America's first hydrogen bomb test, Operation Redwing. He then served in the Pentagon building in Washington, DC under Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, until the time of his honorable discharge.

On September 21, 1958, Dennis was united in marriage to Linda Schreiber in Wall, SD, and to this union were born four children, Karmen, Boyce, Larry and Loyd.

Dennis worked on the Minuteman Missile Deployment and later in Aerospace programs for Martin Maretta in Denver, CO, a total of eleven years.

In 1972, he and his family moved back to South Dakota from Colorado. His son, Boyce, died in August 1972 with complications of asthma. Dennis and Linda moved in buildings and made a home on the home place of Wayne and Arlene Garrison. He worked at various ranch and farm jobs for a while, and later went into the dairy business for himself for about eight years, then later sold all the cows.

His wife, Linda, preceded him in death in August 1983.

Dennis has continued to reside on the farm until the time of his death.

Dennis was a life member of VFW Post #9120, Quinn, SD.

Grateful for having shared his life are one daughter, Karmen Flach and her husband, Kevin, of Arlington, TX; two sons, Larry Garrison and his wife, Penny, of Coweta, OK, and Loyd Garrison and his wife, Margaret, of Singapore; four grandchildren, Christopher and Shelby Flach and Cameron and Molly Garrison; a sister, Ann Herman and her husband, Garey, of Gillette, WY; a special friend, Wally Swartz of Spearfish; the Wall High School Class of 1954; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and son, Boyce, Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial has been established to Wall Health Services.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall, SD, in charge of arrangements. www.rushfuneralhome.com