Dennis Christ Schlabsz, age 66, of Baker, NV passed away on November 7th in Salt Lake City, UT, following a short illness. He was born on January 21, 1948 in Ashley, North Dakota to Christian and LaVina (Rall) Schlabsz.
Dennis was the 2nd of 7 children. Dennis grew up on the family farm 20 miles outside of Ashley, ND. He attended school at a farm school until high school. He graduated from Ashley High School in 1965. Dennis continued his education at Wahpeton School of Science, graduating in 1967. In 1968 he began to work for Belgrade Enterprises, a power line construction company, from Billings, MT, as an equipment operator. Dennis arrived in Baker in August of 1969 to construct power lines. Dennis met his wife Patsy Baker in Baker, NV. They were married July 1, 1972 and spent the next several years following power line construction through Colorado and Nevada. On May 21, 1979 he began his successful career with Mt. Wheeler Power as an apprentice lineman. Dennis worked his way to the position of working line foreman. Health reasons forced him to take a disability retirement in 2006. Dennis enjoyed watching western movies, collecting different rare coins, eagle statues and John Wayne memorabilia. Some of his favorite activities were camping, fishing, riding quads and driving his rhino to the Post Office with his dog Ginger. Dennis was thrilled when Bobbi married Robert on He and Patsy’s anniversary in 2012. Dennis became a great grandpa in 2014 to his delight. Dennis was also thrilled when his grandson Skylar was accepted into Northwest Lineman college following his footsteps.
Dennis is survived by his wife Patsy; his daughters Angela (Danny) Falge of Carmel, CA and Bobbie (Robert) McShane Jr. of Baker, NV; grandchildren Chelsey, Damian, Skylar, Lindsay and Joel; great grand daughter Lisa and her mom Arielle; his brothers Gary, Stanley (Dorothy), Brian and Randy of North Dakota; sister Brenda of North Dakota; aunt Shirley of Bismarck, ND and several nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Charles.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday November 13th 2014 at the Baker Cemetery with a luncheon to follow.
Pallbearers will be Robert McShane (son-in-law), Danny Falge (son-in-law), Dr. Steven Shamo, Co workers; Phil Heckethorn, Mike Kalifatic, Ron Miller, Chad Bliss, Shane Boren, Mitch McVicars, Derek Williams, Martin Burdick and Kevin Robison.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family of Dennis Schlabsz c/o The Greater Nevada Credit Union.