Dennis Lynn Alderson, 67, of Westfield and formerly of Lebanon, passed away Thursday morning, July 1, 2021, at Maple Park Village in Westfield.
He was born Feb. 1, 1954, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was the son of the late Roy Clifford Alderson and Relda Marie (Bennington) Alderson-Conway.
Mr. Alderson honorably served his country as a soldier in the United States Army.
For many years, he worked as a commercial truck driver. During his driving career he worked for many different companies and hauled just about everything, including HAZMAT loads, after earning his endorsements. Hauling freight afforded him the opportunity to see many parts of the country and get paid to do it. His handle when he was on the road was Little Eagle.
Fascinated by Native American culture, he loved attending Pow-Wows. He enjoyed the singing and dancing and totally fell in love with Native American music. Mr. Alderson was also drawn to Native American art, using it as the inspiration and foundation for his own paintings and drawings.
Mr. Alderson also loved to immerse himself in nature. He enjoyed getting lost in the woods and sharing his love of nature with others. He had real talent for making walking sticks and knives out of bone. Always intrigued by insects, he was so excited to pass on his love of entomology to his daughter.
Mr. Alderson was a fun-loving person who lived life on his own terms. “Smiley” will be missed by everyone who was blessed to have him in their life.
Throughout the years, he had many different jobs, interests, hobbies and so on, but there were a couple things that were always constant: his love for his family and his love of chocolate - and not always in that order.
Survivors include his son, Dennis Lynn (Danielle) Alderson, Jr. of Texas; daughter, Elisha (Gene) Leslie of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandchildren, Dominic, Makala, Austin and Jacklynn; brother, Craig Borcherding of Zionsville; sisters, Pamela A. Duff of Sheridan and Connie F. (Lonzie) Goode of Thorntown; former wife, Rhonda Alderson of Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bruce W. Alderson; and sister, Elaine J. Ramsey.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2021, at the K.V. Elliott American Legion Post 67, 406 E. 10th St. in Sheridan.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the Sequoia National Park, ATTN: Park Donation, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kercheval Funeral Home of Sheridan.