Age 75 of Milaca, MN (formerly of Menahga) died Oct 7, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was born on January 13, 1944 in Denver, CO. At three weeks old, he was adopted into the loving family of Don and Bernice Mead of Brighton, CO. He enlisted in the Army in 1966. While in Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA, he met and married his wife, Wanda in 1967. He graduated from the Univ. of CO with a BA in Psych and further graduated from SD State Univ. with a Master in Education. He worked for the State of MN Dept. of Corrections retiring with 30 years. He also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves with 29 years. Dennis was a service-oriented person; a school volunteer grandparent, a member of the Menahga Conservation Club, a lifelong volunteer of Boy/Girl Scouts, and Dennis & Wanda were foster parents for 20 years. He was a kind and giving gentleman with a sense of humor. He enjoyed reading, listening to music, and took great joy in the outdoors. He treasured his retirement on the Shell River.
He enjoyed watching birds, camping, canoeing, water skiing, downhill skiing, and visiting State and National Parks. He actively participated with his kids and grandkids in games, sports, activities, and conversations. He always made time for them and instilled his love of the outdoors to them. Highlights for Dennis were traveling in all 50 states, his BWCA trips, and his 70-mile canoe trip down the Crow Wing River with his family when he turned 70. Dennis is survived by his wife; children, Ryan (Danae) of Parker, CO, Alisa (Tim) Truebenbach of Cambridge, MN, and Gabe (Julianna) of Carbondale, CO; 8 grandchildren; and brother, Ron Mead of Chappell, NE. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Denyce Carole and his parents. Celebration of Life service, 10:30 am, Mon., Nov. 4, 2019 at First United Church, Little Falls, MN. The Committal Service is at 12:00 pm, Camp Ripley Cemetery. A light lunch and fellowship will follow the services back at First United Church. As an Eagle Scout, Dennis’ troop from Colorado took part in a BWCA trip where he fell in love with MN. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be given in memory of Dennis E. Mead to https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/. All donations received will be forwarded to Save the Boundary Waters in memory of Dennis E. Mead.