Seth Beal Dennis, 89, a Sumpter Valley resident, died Nov. 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

There will be a private graveside service.

Mr. Dennis was born on Jan. 31, 1915, at Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Samuel and Sarah Smith Dennis. He was their 12th child.

After graduating from high school at Idaho Falls, he became a railway mail clerk. He married Helen Fenn in 1941.
He served in World War II in the African and Italian campaigns. When he returned from the service, he and Helen settled at Baker, where he worked as a railway postal clerk. Helen died in 1960.

Seth married Deloris Sell in 1961. They lived on their Sumpter Valley ranch after Seth retired from the postal service in 1973. He had a great love for the land and for the life of a rancher. He was a well-read man who had a gift for remembering and reciting prose and poetry.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris, of Sumpter Valley; his children, Phil Dennis, and his wife, Margie, of San Antonio, Texas, Dianne Lemmon and her husband, Jack, of Tualatin, Tony Dennis and his wife, Lisa, of Portland, and Chris Dennis and his wife, Allison, of Sumpter Valley; one sister, LaDosca Burton of Colville, Wash.; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 12, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor