2011-11-10 / Obituaries

Dennis Almasy, Sr.

Dennis Almasy, Sr., is now soaring with the eagles he loved and admired, after he passed away Oct. 13 with his loving wife at his side. Dennis was born in Oakland on May 25, 1941 to Rudoply and Virginia Almasy.

Dennis joined the United

States Air Force right out of high school and served 15 years, retiring in 1973 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Life in a wheelchair did not hold Dennis back.

In 1979, Dennis came to Yosemite for a workshop that progressed into a volunteer position. In March of 1980, the position of access coordinator was created, and Dennis was awarded ranger status. Dennis created trails and campground wheelchair access for visitors with special needs. Dennis stayed with the National Park Service in Yosemite until 1986.

He assisted with the start of the Gem and Mineral Museum in Mariposa. With many accomplishments in his life, he won a seat to the 2006 World Poker Tour. Dad was one heck of a poker player. He was loved by all and will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Lahoma Almasy; mother, Virginia Sheetz; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Tom Walsh; daughters and sons-in-law, April and Bill Miller and Darlene and Bob Gerken; son, Martian Almasy; sons and daughters-in-law, Warren and Gustina Almasy and Dennis and Christina Almasy; step-daughters and sons-in-law, Laurette and Roland Lee and Lelia and Brian Anderson; two nephews and nieces; one great-niece; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Lahoma, Darlene, April and

Lahoma, Darlene, April and Marty - I am so saddened by the passing of Dennis, but I know you know he is probably much happier now. He meant so much to me...as I never would've joined the Air Force, let alone become a Colonel (my insignia is an Eagle) if it hadn't been for him. I cherish the memories of Yosemite, of him telling me about the AF, and of him coming to my graduation from the AF Academy. On my formal dress uniform I wear to this day the "Eagles" he gave me 24 and a half years ago. Stacey, Steven and I offer our most heartfelt condolences. Yours, Don Hickman, Colonel, US Air Force

I love you and miss you

I love you and miss you Grandpa. I hope you are happy and thriving in Heaven, and showing all our loved ones how to rule the table in poker! Love Always, Jennifer

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