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Hillside Cemetery, Walhalla, ND
Wednesday May 6th, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Dennis C. Crotty


Dennis (Denny, Dad, Umpa, Dr. Denny) Conrad Crotty was born on April 8, 1948 in El Paso Tx. to Dennis (Dice) and Hazel Crotty.  While he was born in Texas, he spent the majority of his life in Pembina ND where he graduated from High School in 1966.    After high school Denny attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton ND, where he graduated with a AS degree in 1969.   While in college he met the love of his life Beata Harrison who he married in 1967.    Before leaving Wahpeton, Denny became a proud father to his first son Wade.

Once he graduated from college Denny was hired by Great Plains Lumber which took him to Garrison ND.  While in Garrison, Denny became a proud father to his second son Brett (Pep).  While a new job and family was a lot of work, and fun a couple moves with the Great Plains Lumber, he then moved back to Pembina. He then worked at Woods Custom Broker/UPS Supply Chain Solutions. After 30 years in the Customs Broker business he retired in 2015.  He also enjoyed working on Warner Farms part time for many years.

Denny was busy with many hobbies through the years.  Some of the things that he loved the most were fishing and hunting with his sons and eventually his granddaughters.  While in the outdoors, Denny found pleasure in teaching what was right and wrong. Denny always treasured seeing the success of all of his kids enjoying the passions that he had passed down to them.  

While he was passionate about fishing, he also loved serving the community on the ambulance service.  He served for a total of 25 years, starting before he moved back to Pembina.  While he was passionate about the ambulance service, he loved spending additional volunteer hours on the side lines of the football field and the bench of the basketball team helping the team as a trainer.  While he did this as way to spend more time with his boy’s he treated every one as they were his own and was soon given a nickname of Dr Denny by the kids that he was helping.

Denny is survived by the love of his life Beata, his pride and joy sons Wade Crotty and Brett (Hannah) Crotty.  His loving siblings Cody Jensen (special friend Dave Voiss), Dean (Wendy) Crotty and Curt (Diane) Crotty.  Grand daughters who were the only ones that could make him smile bigger that his boys Dannielle (special friend Josh), Tyanne, and Victoria. Denny’s nieces and nephews also hold a special place in his heart but are too many to mention.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents Dennis (Dice) and Hazel Crotty; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Elizabeth Harrison. Many other beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Dennis C. Crotty, 72, of Pembina, ND passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at his home. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the Assumption Catholic Church, Pembina, ND. A public visitation will be held Wednesday, May 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church. All attendants of the public visitation are required to wear a mask, follow the social distancing guidelines, and also there will be monitoring of the number of people gathered. Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Pembina Cemetery,, mask and social distancing is required at this time also. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Pembina Ambulance Service, Pembina Fire Department, or the American Cancer Society.

Funeral mass will be streamed at the Askew Funeral Home, Facebook site starting Thursday, May 7th at 10:30 a.m.

Recording of Funeral Mass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mq_-kNISr0



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My deepest condolences, Bea, to you and your family. Dennis had a big heart and I can still hear his robust laugh.
Our paths did not cross oftenafter high school graduation, however; after my husband passed away Denny reached out and called. We conversed as if I'd just seen him yesterday. His act of kindness touched my heart during a very difficult time.
You video was beautiful - I could feel the love your family shared. I pray that happy memories will help to ease the burden of your loss.

Sandra DeMaine McQueen May 10 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers and condolences to the Crotty Family.

I was Blessed to see both Bea and Denny the day I flew back to Seattle after, if I remember correctly, visiting my mom for her Eightieth Birthday in 2018.

It was just by happenstance I recognized them after eighteen years and they me, sitting across from each other, at the Pizza Ranch/Buffet in GF. It was wonderful to see them.

They are truly a gift from God.

Denny, you will be missed and thank you having been you, a Blessing to all you encountered in your life.

Mark Easton May 7 2020 12:00 AM

We were sorry to hear of Denny's passing. He was always fun to talk to walking down the street or on ambulance rides or meetings. We are sure he will be missed by his family and community.

Joseph Korbel May 5 2020 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of Denny's passing. May every memory shared to you by all those who loved and admired him help bring you through these most trying days. He was definitely an institution in Pembina and will be fondly remembered by those near and far.

Bobbi Olson

Bobbi Olson May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of Denny's family. I left St. Vincent in 1962 , got married and moved to Canada. I have lots of memories of Cody, Denny and skating on the rink by the bridge. I was Nancy Cleem, Ron's sister. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joey (Nancy) and Bert Simpson

Joey Simpson May 5 2020 12:00 AM

They always say that if you wait to long you will miss what you wanted to do. It was my intention to venture North this summer to rekindle a few memories. One memory would have been with Denny. I left St. Vincent the fall of 1969 when I was drafted into the army. My father, George Sylvester, took me to the train station in Hallock for my long ride to Fort Lewis Washington. I eventually ended up in Vietnam for 13 months. Denny and I were shooting 22 shells with a bb gun one day across the street when one decided to come back at us hitting him just below his eye. Our mothers just about killed us. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family and I wish I could be there to celebrate his life along with the family. I will be saying a prayer as he is laid to rest.

Jeff Sylvester May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Bea, Wade, Pep & Family, I was shock and saddened to see this. Denny was a man who never showed his pain, through him you seen smiles and always a greeting that made a conversation easy. In hopes that the memories/stories shared will bring you all comfort, strength and courage to face today and the many days ahead. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray May 4 2020 12:00 AM

We will miss seeing his smile at Mass. we have been wondering if we will see him in the Pew behind us when Mass starts up again. We are sorry we will miss his service as we are in lock down till May 8th. Prayers are with the family. Bra Im sending you hugs from us. And when we are able to get close again Ill give it to you in person. Bob and Shelly DeFoe

Shelly and bob defoe May 4 2020 12:00 AM

The good memories of working at the border with Denny are long lasting. He was very patient with a "newbie" when I started. His great sense of humor was a joy. When my Father died, Denny was the first one at the door with a bucket of chicken and offering to help in any way he could. This was the kind of person Denny was! The old home town will miss him!

Diane Wilwant May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Cousin Denny made the best birthday chocolate chip cookies ! Brought me a bag of cookies and I ate them all.

Rhonda Cleem Baker May 4 2020 12:00 AM

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