Dennis LaFever


It is with great sadness that the family of Dennis “Big D” LaFever announces his passing on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the age of 70.  

He will be remembered by the love of his life and wife of 35 years, Jackie.  Dennis is survived by his brothers Mark and Miles LaFever (special friend Diane) and sister-in-law Diane LaFever.

He is also remembered by his life-long buddies Henry Kurth, Jimmy Krier, Henry Krier and Nick Didier, as well as the many other fishing and hunting buddies and many special friends throughout the United States.  

He was preceded in death by his brothers Neal and Jay, brother-in-law Jeffrey Horn, sister-in-law Sandy LaFever, mother Helen and father Clarence, as well as mother and father-in-law Joan and Edward Janke.

Dennis was born in Sheboygan, attended Random Lake High School and graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College. He was a licensed electrician for more than 50 years.  

In 1984, Dennis and Jackie left Wisconsin for Virginia City, Mont., where they established the Virginia City Café. In 1990, they moved to West Yellowstone, Mont., to establish Bullwinkle’s, the restaurant that has become the premier eatery in their adopted hometown.

During his time in West Yellowstone, Dennis served as the police commissioner as well as an airport board member.  His community service will be greatly missed.

Dennis was an avid hunter and fisherman, having bagged the namesake moose that Bullwinkle’s was named after. Fishing in Canada and other places around the country was favored by

Dennis, and he had an abiding love for cars.

Dennis has been cremated and his ashes will be scattered at his family farm in Wisconsin according to his wishes.

A private memorial service will be held in Wisconsin.  There will be three celebrations of life:

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bullwinkle’s in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Five Pillars in Random Lake.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Key Colony Inn in Key Colony Beach, Fla.

The LaFever Family thanks you for your kind remembrance.




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