Dennis William Mika
|Posted 2018-06-11 by Pat R|
|Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)|
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, p. A-16
Dennis William Mika
July 10, 1939 - Feb. 21, 2018
Dennis (Denny) William Mika passed away at Banner Del Webb Hospital on Feb. 21 at the age of 78 after a noble fight of various health issues. He knew his time had come and knew his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was ready and showed much bravery. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Evelyn and Benjamin Mika; fist wife and high school sweetheart Carol Ann (Rhodes) Mika and daughter Stacey Ann Mika.
Dennis is lovingly remembered by his daughter Karen Dalton and husband Derek Dalton; grandchildren Moria Ackroyd, Bishop Harrison, Evermay Harrison (Mitchell), Ary Dalton (Sommer); as well as his six great grandchildren Caitlyn 20, Kaylee 17, Riley 13, Rhoday 12, Coen 11 and Adalyn 2, all of which call northwest Montana home.
Dennis was born in Chicago, Ill., on July 10, 1939. He worked as a sheet metal mechanic for Rohr Corporation in San Diego and in Vietnam as a civilian in his younger years. He also loved to cook. He owned and operated two pizza houses both of which were called "Dino's Pizza" in San Diego Calif., as he was taught well by his uncle Vito who owned and operated Vito's Italian Restaurant in Chula Vista, Calif. He loved people and enjoyed many jobs in public service as well as working on many contract jobs overseas. Later in life he cared for his dear friend and companion Karen as well as worked in a home for handicapped adults for many years and was quite proud of the privilege of doing so. Dennis enjoyed his love of pets and lovingly shared his life with his dog Lucky for 14 years who went everywhere with him. His favorite lifetime pet was a black German shepherd that he called Wolf and a pet childhood bird that was named Peaty who had a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He also loved his younger years of flying. He obtained his pilot's license before acquiring his driver's license at the age of 15. Dennis was an avid model airplane builder and built them in addition to remote airplanes his whole life. Dennis had a love for the ocean and fishing. He spent many years living his life in San Diego where he grew up. He enjoyed boats, convertibles, and travel and was a big kid at heart. He loved to wheel and deal and was always looking to make a buck or discover a great find.
Dennis loved Wickenburg and spoke of it with great admiration as well as the friends he made in the many years he lived there. No visitation or service is planned as Dennis chose to donate his body to research and did not want any fuss in his passing. However many will share in the great memories of this man's life. A heartfelt thank you to the incredible nurses, doctors, social workers, hospice staff at Banner Del Webb in being there to support Dennis's decision and such loving care in a time that is so fragile and precious.
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