Dennis Fred Bertilson, 65, passed away Dec. 2, 2011, in McAllen, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held July 28, 1:30-3 p.m., at Duluth Elks Lodge 133, 4250 Haines Road, Duluth, MN 55811 (218-727-0111).
Dennis was born Jan. 1, 1946, in Mt. Lake and grew up in Odin. He graduated from Butterfield, High School in 1964 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He served one tour of duty during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from Mankato State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology.
Dennis served as a probation officer for the State of Minnesota until 1972. He then served as a probation officer for Arrowhead Regional Corrections from March 1972, until September 2004. Dennis was a life-long member of the VFW and the Minn Elks Lodge Post 133 of Duluth.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Edna Bertilson; and brother, Dennis Keith. He is survived by his life partner, Alice Carroll; son, Cris Bertilson of Mankato; siblings, Duane and Barbara Bertilson of Monticello, Diana and Rodney Tchida of Rockport, Texas, Douglas and Brenda Bertilson of International Falls and Jim and Jean Sloggy of Willow River.