October 13, 2020
Dennis was born on August 3, 1943, in Beulah, N.D. to Clarence and Rose (Becker) Sailer. He was raised on a farm northeast of Hazen, N.D. Following high school, Dennis attended and graduated from Dickinson State University where he earned his Bachelors’ of Music degree.
Dennis was united in marriage with Sandra Lee Morrison on September 3, 1965, in Robinson, N.D. Dennis then began teaching music in schools first for two years in Hazelton, then for five years in Scranton, N.D. In 1972, Dennis began his 32-year career as a heavy equipment operator in the coal industry with Knife River Coal, now Dakota Westmorland. Dennis retired in 2004 and made his home in Beulah until moving to Sioux Falls in 2015. Dennis was a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
Dennis was a gifted musician and played the accordion and drums in several bands. He enjoyed John Deere tractors, watching western movies and reading. Above all, Dennis loved spending time with his family and friends. Dennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be deeply missed.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sandra of Sioux Falls; son, Brian Sailer and his wife, Michelle of Moorhead, Minn.; daughter, Julie Leiseth and her husband, Justin of Crooks; five grandchildren, Mikayla Sailer, Ethan Sailer, Evan Sailer, Jacob Leiseth and Joshua Leiseth; brother, Douglas Sailer and his wife, Sally of Mandan, N.D.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Rose Sailer and two infant sisters.
Funeral services were held October 17 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory in Sioux.
Arrangements provided by George Boom Funeral Home.