In Loving Memory of Dennis (Denny) Arthur Berndt
Dennis Arthur Berndt, age 71, of Helena, MT passed away the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 9th at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena.
Denny was born on June 11, 1946 at Sidney Memorial Hospital in Sidney, MT. Dennis grew up in and around Fairview MT and worked on his family farm as a young man and was a key “big man” starting on both Offensive & Defensive Lines his Senior season to help The Fairview Warriors to an undefeated season by beating their rival and perennial power Wolf Point, long considered the top team in the state at their level. There were no playoffs at that time but the Warriors are considered the de facto State Champs.
Shortly after high school Dennis met the love of his life while working at a gas station. He wasn’t sure why a young lady from Sidney stopped in frequently to get .25 worth of gas but didn’t let the oddity stop him from asking Barbara out on a date.
Dennis was married to Barbara Williams on Dec. 18th 1965 in Sidney, MT. He remained married to his loving wife for the duration of his life. Dennis & Barbara moved to Helena in 1969 and made it their home for raising their two boys. Denny’s first job in Helena was as a young salesman at Motor Mart. He then moved on to work for Tape Deck & Showcase and after several years he purchased the Helena location. His competition next door was Tom Allen of Allen Electric and in spite of being competitors they became friends and Tom recognized Denny’s talent at sales and hired him in the mid 1980’s and Denny worked for Tom & Margot at Allen’s Superstore until his retirement in 2013.
Dennis was very proud of his work and the customers that he provided a top level of technical knowledge and service to. Art & Liz Claiborne utilized his impeccable skills with audio & video at their personal residence here in Montana.
Dennis was the main driving force in bringing a BMX track to Helena in 1980. He and several good friends built the track, mechanized gate and light system, and regulated many thankful young boys and girls into organized age groups for them to compete in. He also announced the races and treated all competitors as stars to watch with his vigor for the competition. Capital City BMX would not have existed for many of us in the Helena area if it were not for Dennis Berndt.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife Barbara, two sons Troy & Tracy, His daughter in law Jenna, and Tracy & Jenna’s two daughters Braelynn & Ainsleigh, His father Gordon, his brother Gene (wife Lenore), and his sister Colleen (husband Cal) along with many brother & sisters in law as well as many nieces & nephews.
Denny was preceded in death by his mother Irene and his sister Wanda.
There will be a gathering for Dennis’ friends & family which will be held on August 15th from Noon to 2p at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to St. Judes Children Research Hospital.
Thank you to Dr. Thomas Weiner, Kari Parmer (Director), and all of the Drs., nurses, and staff at the St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center and the Oncology unit at the hospital. You did everything you could and we appreciate your efforts so very much.
Most of us that knew Denny were pretty sure there were some things he could not do, we were just never able to uncover them. Dennis Berndt was a true man and old school Alpha Male and the world has a little less grit and toughness without him in it.
We miss you dearly.