Dennis Wade Bash Sr.
Dennis Wade Bash Sr., 72, passed away on Aug. 21, 2019, at the South Peninsula Long Term Care Facility in Homer, Alaska.
Dennis was born on July 1, 1947, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles W. and Mariam Bash. Dennis is survived by his loving wife of over 25 years, Veralyn Lynn Bash. He is survived by three sisters; Susan Miller and her husband Jim of Kailua, Hawaii; Karen Doherty of Brownsburg, Indiana; and Renee Richards and her husband Jack of Ventura, California. He also leaves behind a mixed family of three daughters and two sons; Monica Gere and family of Vancouver, Washington; Jennifer Bond and family of Waxahacte, Texas; Dennis W. Bash Jr., and family of Alaska/Texas; Kevin Van Wie of Salina, Kansas, and Kristin Van Wie and family of Alaska/Kansas. He is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren that he always wanted to know better.
He graduated from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1965 and attended Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas, in 1963.
Dennis was a very religious, loving and strongly patriotic man, which was exemplified in his life. He always carried a cross in his pocket, which was a simple reminder to him of the fact that he was a Christian no matter where he may be and that God was always with him — and that faith brought him through Vietnam.
Dennis was a Masonic Mason member, and also was a member of the VFW, American Legion and DAV. He also supported many other patriotic organizations.
Dennis was in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. In 1967, Dennis received by direction of the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, an Air Medal Award while participating in sustained serial flights in support of combat ground troops of the Republic of Vietnam during the period of April 14, 1967 to May 2, 1967. During this time, he actively participated in more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of counterinsurgency operations. Dennis was in an elite branch of our military, with tremendous responsibility, who risked their lives every time they climbed into their helicopters to rescue our troops. Dennis was a Warrant Officer Pilot at the young age of 19.
Dennis also wore many other “hats” during his life. He was a Police Officer in Tuscan, Arizona, in the 1970s. He worked for the Department of Transportation — FAA in 1980s as a flight instructor and for Bell Helicopter Tetron. As a very experienced helicopter pilot he rescued two men off the Nebesna Glacier by Wrangell, Alaska. He spent many days fighting wild fires up the west coast of the United States up in Alaska and Canada. He was a pilot for Mark Air before retiring. He spent the remainder of his retirement days renovating his beloved log home in Kodiak where his ashes will be spread.
Dennis had a very special place in his heart for his dogs. He always believed in the poem called the “Rainbow Bridge.” He knows that his dogs will all run to him when they see him, kiss him and will welcome him home never to be separated again.
In every line of work that Dennis did, he loved his country, served his country and fought for his country. So Dennis, step forward now. You have borne your responsibilities well. Time to walk on Heavens street ... You have done an outstanding job on Earth.