Dennis Lee “Herm” Boland passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family and his devoted Border Collie, Paige. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January.
Dennis was born in Armstrong, Iowa, to Arthur and Dorothy (Knutson) Boland on March 15, 1943. He graduated from Lake City Iowa High School in 1961. He received a bachelor of science degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, and then completed one year of graduate school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
He married Rosalie Crotteau on June 27, 1969, in Shell Lake, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
He worked three years for the U.S. Forestry Service in Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin from 1967 to 1969.
He began working for the Washburn County Department of Social Services in 1969 serving as a social worker and juvenile probation officer for 13 years and then became director and served in that capacity for 17 years, retiring in 1999 after 30 years with the county. He was a career member of the Wisconsin Social Services Association and a career member of the Northland Social Services Association and received the District Award in 1992. He was a founding member of the Northern Wisconsin Juvenile Workers Association and was a board member of the Washburn County Domestic Abuse Project.
He served as president of the Terraceview Living Center Board of Directors for two terms. He was a charter member of the Yellow River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and was a lifelong member of the Kossuth County, Iowa, Pheasants Forever Chapter. He was a member of the Rice Lake Moose Lodge and the Rice Lake Elks Club for several years. He was a former member of the Shell Lake Lions Club and served as their Tail Twister during that time.
He and his wife owned and operated a resort and mobile home park on Shell Lake for 24 years.
He was an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Shell Lake, serving as an usher and was Parish Council president during the time the new church was built. He was also a part-time member of the Lady of the Ozarks Parish family in Forsyth, Missouri. During his life in Shell Lake, he enjoyed being the drummer with the Dixieland group “Jazznocracy” and also a jazz group called “Take V”. During his college years, he played in a professional rock band called “The Continentals” and was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Union.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and 4-wheeling. He also enjoyed quality time on Wednesday mornings with friends at Rummels Tap.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; one daughter, Robyn Boland (Jeff Cameron) of Bennington, Vermont; two sons, Rick (Linda) Boland of Pine City, Minnesota, and Zach (Candy) Boland of Shell Lake; two grandchildren, Laura (Zac) O‘Donnell and Joshua Boland; three great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Noah, and Alice O‘Donnell; and a brother, Gary Boland, of Midland, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy Boland.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Skinner Funeral Home in Shell Lake on Sunday, Aug. 11.
A celebration of life mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shell Lake with visitation for one hour prior.
Dennis requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shell Lake Arts Center or the Washburn County Area Humane Society.