Dennis Ray Hulsing was born April 15, 1945, in Bremerton, Washington, the son of Dean and Helen Hulsing. He spent a happy childhood in the Bigfork, MT, area, graduating from Polson (MT) High School in 1963. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1970.
Dennis married Roene Lein on July 31, 1966. The couple celebrated 51 years of marriage this summer. They have three daughters, Kerry Hulsing of Ann Arbor, MI, Wendy Hulsing of Kansas City, MO, and Lori Hulsing of Minneapolis, MN.
Dennis and Roene moved to Dickinson the summer of 1974. Dennis started an architecture firm, later expanding into construction. Many of the public buildings in Dickinson were designed by his firm. His entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy resulted in his ownership of many business entities.
Always the champion of the underdog, he and his Native American partner worked in collaboration with many of the tribes in the Western half of the US to design projects which benefited native peoples.
Dennis had an uncanny ability to recognize talents in others and invested time and energy to encourage those around him to develop their capabilities to the fullest. His well-rounded life was the result of his endless intellectual curiosity. He was not afraid to tackle any challenge that interested him. His pursuits included planting a vineyard, flying kites, taking flying lessons, playing golf and walleyball, raising horses, riding his Harley, understanding quantum physics and developing his spirituality. He loved animals, especially dogs, and the beauty of nature.
Dennis passed away August 24 in Tampa, FL, where he was being treated for pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Roene, his daughters, sons-in-law Sanjaya Gupta and TJ Wildenborg, seven grandchildren, his brother, Russell Hulsing of Buffalo, NY, and his mother-in-law, Helma Lein of Dickinson. A memorial service for Dennis will be held Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m., in Beck Auditorium (Klinefelter Hall) on the DSU campus.