Gerald Pee Wee Dennis
|One of 11 children growing up in the 1940s on a Midland farm, Gerald “Pee Wee” Dennis knew what it was to be poor. Years later, his father-in-law said Dennis would never be a wealthy man because he would rather have friends than money. Dennis accumulated a wealth of friends during 40 years as a community supporter and entertainer.
Born in 1938, Dennis left high school to join the Air Force, earning his GED in the military. Later, he studied bookkeeping at National College and opened his own bookkeeping business in Custer. He launched the Mountain Music Show in Custer in 1978, entertaining tens of thousands of tourists and locals before his death in 2001.
The Forest Service, the Knights of Columbus and the Custer Youth Corrections Center honored Dennis for his contributions to his community. Dennis and his wife, Diane, are the parents of three children, one of whom is deceased.
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