Dennis was 71 when he passed away on March 4, 2019 in the loving arms of his family. He was born on November 15, 1947 in Dallas, Missouri to Frank W. Gleason and Marie E. (Minks) Gleason.
His younger years were spent in Bavaria and Salina Kansas with his parents and siblings; Frankie Gleason, Roger Gleason, Barbara Osborne, Gary Gleason, Charles Gleason, Bill Gleason, Ronny Gleason and Darlene Gleason. His family eventually moved to Oregon. He proudly served with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
After returning from his service he raised his Daughters; Tonya Gleason-Shepek and Tisha Gleason Pellett in the Salem area. Finally settling in Eagle Creek where he raised his daughter Elsie Gleason. His greatest joys in life were spent with his daughters; granddaughters, Kryshanne Smith and Laycie Pellett; grandson, Braxton Tucker and great-grandson, Reece Romans along with his son in-laws and many extended family and friends
His generosity of spirit did not draw lines that kept others out. His was a life of circles that sought to bring others in. He believed family was everything and the bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
We could talk endlessly about how funny, kind, generous, loving, intelligent and great Dennis is… We are reminded in Ecclesiastes that there is a time for everything. Even the end of this chapter in Dennis’ great story. Jesus, said all whomcome to me will be welcomed. Jesus offers hope that life here, when it comes to it’s natural close is changed, not ended.
Imagine this day… a reunion with family. In the meantime until each of our time comes he would want us to carry on, livefully and deeply, to laugh often and to love all.
Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019; Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. with snacks immediately following @ Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial 6705 SE 14th Ave, Portland OR with Pastors Ken Haller and Victor Cureton officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. @ Willamette National Cemetery 11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland OR
The family invites you to join us in celebrating Dennis Gleason’s life immediately following at
24496 SE Filbert Road, Eagle Creek, OR 97022