Gaylord “Dennis” Brunckhorst, 70, passed away November 22, 2018 at his home in Billings, MT.
Dennis was born October 12, 1948 in Billings, MT to Gaylord William Brunckhorst and Bonnie Carole (Mason) Brunckhorst. He was the middle child, with an older brother Robert and younger sister Christine. Dennis graduated high school in Big Timber, MT in 1966. He married Terri Mendenhall in 1966 and to this union had a daughter, Dawn Marie Achten (Rob). He joined the U.S. Army in 1970, serving until 1976. He is a veteran of Viet Nam. Dennis married Sandy Eschenko in 1972, and had a daughter Brandi Lynn who passed away in 2002. Serving his country in Germany, the Philippines, China, and Japan was one of the highlights of Dennis’ life.
He worked at freight lines as a parts manager before returning to work for the railroad. Dennis worked all over Montana.
In 2002, he married Evelyn “Jean” French, and through this union they had 6 step children: Tony (Mel), Troy, Eddie, Tina, Dorey, and Ted (Heather).
Dennis retired after 29 years as an engineer on the railroad on October 31, 2008.
He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and daughter Brandi Lynn. Dennis has many grandchildren and step grandchildren: Mandi (Jace) Swandal; Ian Brunckhorst; Elizabeth (Andrew) Dunn; Roger, T.J. (Jasmine), and Savannah French; Ben White; Hayden Hamilton; Nena (Bryant) Bevilaqua; Shane Smith; Joe and Jay Kumor; Allen, Jaleigh, and Josie Thompson. He also leaves behind 4 great grandchildren: Anthony, Madison, Cydney, and Connor. In addition, Mandi is expecting her 1st child and Elizabeth is expecting her 2nd. Dennis is also survived by his aunts Doris and Elsie, uncle Don, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dennis was a very genuine person, and anyone who knew him fell in love with his fun-loving spirit, kindness, generosity, and sense of humor. He is greatly missed.
There will be a graveside service at 11:00 am Monday December 3, 2018 at Yellowstone National Cemetery (55 Buffalo Trail Rd. Laurel, MT). A celebration of life luncheon will follow the service at 1:00 pm at the VFW in the heights (637 Anchor Ave. Billings, MT).