Retired Master Sergeant Dennis E. Schreiner, 82, has received his final orders, “To Guard the Gates of Heaven.” He was a resident of Cashmere, Wash. and a former longtime resident of Oak Harbor, Wash. He peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in East Wenatchee, Wash.
He was born on June 19, 1936 in Unidilla, Neb., son of the late Harold and Loah (Phelps) Schreiner. He was raised and attended school and graduated from high school at Potter, Neb. He briefly worked on the family farm and in the areas oil fields prior to entering the Marine Corps. He served multiple tours in Vietnam, Okinawa, the Philippines and at the U.S. Embassy in Greece. While on leave, he met Dorothy Hessler in Scotts Bluff, Neb. They were married in August 1962.
They made a number of moves during his career with the Marine Corps, which included training schools located in Virginia, Tennessee, and California. While in Santa Ana, they started their family, having two daughters, Lori and LeAnn. He was a Rifle Sharpshooter, Pistol Expert and instructor, along with his specialty in helicopter and aircraft engine mechanics. Denny worked up through Staff Sergeant to Gunnery Sergeant and later became Master Sergeant. He was transferred to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in the fall of 1971 and they settled their family in Oak Harbor. He worked as an Aviation Maintenance Control Administrator as well as teaching rifle and pistol marksmanship.
He retired from the active military and worked at Boeing’s Everett plant, prior to becoming maintenance man at Black Mountain Ranch near Deming, Wash. He later returned to work at the Whidbey Island Seaplane Base in Search and Rescue until fully retiring.
Denny was honored to care for his wife, Dorothy through Alzheimer’s Disease at home for two years before she needed additional care, where he faithfully visited every morning and evening for three years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on Nov. 2, 2005. He continued to make his home in Oak Harbor until moving to Cashmere in 2008. He built his home in Cashmere next door to his daughter and her family. He moved to Bonaventure of East Wenatchee in October of 2018, with his dog, “Pepper.”
Denny was a member of the Oak Harbor Fleet Reserve, former member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and National Rifle Association. He volunteered his time helping with fund raisers for the Fleet Reserves Scholarships. He often ran the barbecues.
He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, crabbing, shooting and target practice as well as reloading ammunition. He also loved his dogs.
He is survived by two daughters, Lori (Ron) Sires, of Lincoln, Wash., and LeAnn (Kameron) Miller, of Wenatchee; grandson, Ethan Miller, of Cashmere, Wash.; and sisters,Verlee Oppman, of Aurora, Colo., and Sandra Gusto, of Redwood City, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy, and older brother, Larry Schreiner.
A Celebration of Life Gathering with Military Honors is 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019 at the American Legion, Post 10, 208 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name are suggested to the GarySiniseFoundation.org or the charity of your choice. You are invited to view his tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com to leave a condolence or share a memory.
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee & Cashmere.