Dennis ‘Denny’ Looman
Dennis “Denny” Milton Looman, age 69, of Miles City, MT, died on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 in Miles City.
Mr. Looman was born in Plentywood, MT on June 7, 1941, the son of William and Mildred (Brown) Looman. He attended schools in Plentywood and began working at the age of nine for the local pop factory. During his school years, Mr. Looman was an avid athlete, where he succeeded in high jump, basketball and started to rodeo at the age of 16.
He qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals in 1957.
He moved to Miles City before joining the United States Army in 1961. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Miles City.
Rodeo was Mr. Looman’s life, especially his most famous ride on bucking bronc Jesse James in 1964, the only qualifying ride on Jesse James that year. He was ranked in the nation’s top 10 bronc riders several times during his 20-year stint. Mr. Looman then began racing horses, winning the Quarter Horse Futurity in Miles City several times and also trained “Wake Up Lil Suzie,” who won the first Consolation of the All-American Futurity. In 1993, he opened his own computer store in Miles City, along with being a federal meat inspector for over 30 years.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Looman met the love of his life, business partner and best friend, Linda Mehlhoff. The two wed Sept. 15, 1995. They continued to race horses and operate the computer store. After closing the store, Mr. Looman continued his dream of racing horses back east until the birth of their son, Yanzie Lawrence, on Aug. 6, 2005. Yanzie was the light of Mr. Looman’s life and the twinkle in his eye. He cherished every minute he had with him. He always said “I have had a lot of success in my life, but none like having my son.”
Mr. Looman was inducted into the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in January 2008. But most importantly, he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior later in his life.
Mr. Looman is survived by his wife, Linda Mehlhoff Looman, and a son, Yanzie Looman, of Miles City; two sisters: Careen (Charlie) Fortner of Maryville, TN, and Beth (Mike) Olson of Medicine Lake, MT; a brother, Gary Looman of Grand Marsh, WI; mother-in-law Lillian Mehlhoff, Twin Bridges, MT; two brothers-in-law, Larry (Lisa) Mehlhoff of Sheridan, MT, and Lenny Mehlhoff of Twin Bridges, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ron and Eugene, and father-in-law Lawrence.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting http://www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Mr. Looman’s son, Yanzie, at Community First Federal Credit Union in Miles City.
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