Dennis Swanke

Dennis R. Swanke, 67, of Bowman, ND, formerly of Rhame, ND, died on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman.

Posted on November 1, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Dennis will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. David Morman will officiate with burial to follow in the Mound Cemetery, rural Rhame, ND. There will be a Family and Friends Service on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Krebsbach/Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Visitation for Dennis will be on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 12:00-9:00 at the Krebsbach/Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.

It is with great sadness and pride that the Swanke family announces the passing of Dennis Roy Swanke. Dennis was born on December 31, 1944 in Bismarck, ND. He was the son of Robert and Beryl Swanke. He spent his first 6 years in the Mound community. He moved to Cedar Ridge just outside of Rhame, ND. There he lived and worked on the family farm. He graduated from Rhame High School in 1962, where he was a member of the high school basketball team. He enlisted in the Army in 1963. His basic training was in Fort Ord, CA. Then he went on to Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Gordon, GA for Crypto Communications. Next, it was back to Fort Ord until his honorable discharge in 1964. Dennis was united in marriage to Roberta Nichols from Scranton, ND on December 28, 1965 in Scranton. They started their family in 1966 with the birth of a daughter, Lisa Marie on November 6. In 1969, their 2nd child, Shad Roy was born on December 31, giving Dennis a great birthday present. Dennis was a lifetime Rhame American Legion Member, a member of the St. Mels Catholic Church in Rhame, and recent member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. He served several years on the Rhame City Board, spending some of those years as mayor. His love of farming inspired his to substantially improve the roller assembly on Case IH combines. This was a dream come true for Dennis as his love of farming was so great, he could have farmed all years round. This gave him the next best thing because he could now travel all around the country talking with farmers about improving productivity, even helping them to see up the improvements. Dennis visited 30 states in all and over 300 Case Dealers. Until the end, he proudly displayed a map of the country with a pin in each destination visited.

2008 was a year of sorrow and joy. Dennis was diagnosed with Progressive Supranclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that would rob him of his abilities and would eventually take his life. The joy came when Shad returned to the area to help him with the farming. Dennis and Roberta moved to Bowman in 2010 to be close to medical care, Lisa also returned that year after living in the Black Hills for 25 years, opening a personal training business with her husband, Dick Nunez, allowing her to spend more time with her family.

Dennis was an honest, hard-working man who loved working hard and helping others to succeed as well. He could talk farming all day, and often did. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Beryl Swanke, and an infant son. He is survived by his wife Roberta, daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Swanke (Nunez) and Dick Nunez, son and daughter-in-law, Shad and Melissa Swanke, brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Barb Swanke, grandchildren, Logan and Sidney Swanke, and his special nieces, nephews and their families.

Krebsbach/Kulseth Funeral Service in charge of the arrangements.