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Richard Lee "Dick" Dehn

November 20, 1939 — April 18, 2021

Richard Lee "Dick" Dehn, 81, of Livingston, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. Dick's funeral service will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, April 22nd, at American Lutheran Church, 129 South F St, Livingston. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery with reception to conclude the celebration of Dick's life back at the American Lutheran Fellowship hall.Dick was born in Great Falls, MT on November 20th, 1939 the middle son of James and Esther (Martinson) Dehn. He was raised in Power, MT. It was there on the family farm that Dick learned the definition of a hard day's work. As a child he helped harvest crops and care for livestock. His favorite part was driving the trucks full of grain. He also enjoyed riding his bike and his horse "Trigger" who loved to ride fast. He took an additional job as a hand on a neighbor's farm for $5 per day! He saved his money and bought his first car for $175, a '49 Chevy Coupe.He lettered in football, basketball, and track and field and played saxophone at Power High School. It was there that he met the love of his life and his best friend, Myrna Louise Lawin. Dick graduated and went off to Montana State College (now MSU). Myrna would eventually join Dick at Montana State College. On June 17, 1961 they were united in marriage back home in Power, MT. Myrna supported Dick as he completed his degree in Industrial Arts.After graduating his big brother Karl helped him secure a job at the Minuteman Missile Silos working on the supply chain. He would later accept a job with Anthony's Department Store as the Assistant Manager in Great Falls. Dick was recognized for being a good leader with a great work ethic and received an opportunity to manage the Livingston store where he had a 35-year career up until they closed the Livingston store in the late 90's. Dick then earned his real estate license and worked as an agent for Livingston Reality. He enjoyed being able to share his love of Park County with his clientele and helping first time buyers realize the American Dream. Dick kept his license up doing referral work until his death.Described by many as a gentleman, he strongly believed in doing to others as he would have them do unto him. He was loving and patient and set an impeccable example for his children and grandchildren. He was a long time Park High Ranger booster and enjoyed cheering on the MSU Bobcats. He also looked forward to cheering on his grandchildren while they competed in sports. He loved seeking out new adventures and hobbies such as camping, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, hunting, and traveling to new destinations. He also enjoyed spending time indoors with family and friends playing pinochle or games while snacking on popcorn and black licorice.A gentle soul that will be dearly missed by all of us that go on without dad, grandpa, and our friend in our hearts. We were blessed to have you, Dick! We are fond of the legacy you are leaving behind.Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Myrna. Children, Lori (Kemp) O'Neill of Livingston, MT; Faye (Bill) Nebel of Belt, MT; Karen (Michael) Wolter of Cheney, WA. Ryan (Erin) Dehn of Mooresville, NC; Grandchildren, Deni (Jack) Holt, Shay (Chaycee) O'Neill, Kelsi (Rory) Permann, Corbyn Nebel, Alyssa Nebel, Jeremy Nebel, Brianna Wolter, Jolene (Tyler) Howard and Hannah "Fayth" Dehn; great-grandchildren, Ryker, Brody, Lyla, and Peyton. His brother, Sig (Donna) Dehn also survive Dick. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too.He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Esther, and his brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Sonja. Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. To view the tribute page and share condolences, visit: www.Franzen-Davis.com. If you are unable to attend in person a live stream will be available at the Franzen-Davis Facebook Page.
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