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Dennis Henry Pauli

October 20, 1936 ~ March 21, 2021 (age 84)


Dennis H. Pauli, age 84, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021.  He was born October 20, 1936 in New Glarus, WI to the late Henry W. and Phyllis (Freitag) Pauli.  On June 09, 1962, he married Judith M. Scott in New Glarus, WI. 

Dennis graduated from New Glarus High School in 1954 and enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in the Philippines.  After his return home from active duty, he enrolled in Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology at Platteville where he later earned his degree in Civil Engineering.

After Judith and Dennis married, he started his professional career with the Department of Transportation in Seattle Washington.  After spending 2 years in Seattle, they returned to Wisconsin and he began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, where he worked until his retirement in 1995, after 32 years of service.  While he held many roles while working with the DOT throughout his career, he was extremely proud to be the lead engineer on the Tower Drive Bridge (Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge) project in Green Bay, which was completed in 1981.    

After retirement, Dennis and Judith found much enjoyment in traveling to many places around the world. During the winter months, they would reside in Las Cruces, NM where they loved the weather, hospitality, local cuisine, and their many friends in the area.  

Dennis was a proud member of numerous Masonic organizations and lived by those principals in his daily life.  He was a member of Washington Lodge #21, Scottish Rite Valley of Green Bay, York Rite of Freemasonry, and Shriners.  He received numerous awards and recognitions for his service.  One of the awards he was most proud of was to be named a Board Member Emeritus for the Shrine Hospital for Children – Chicago Board of Governors, where he actively served for 13 years.  He also proudly served as the Beja Shrine Circus Chairman for many years and was named Beja Circus Chairman Emeritus.

Papa will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Austin and Noelle, who enjoyed spending time, talking, playing games and hunting with him.

Dennis is survived by his wife Judith, son(s) Scott (Catherine) and Kent (Michelle), along with his grandchildren who he dearly loved.  Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Henry (1983), Phyllis (2004), brother Steve (2002), sister Janette Streiff (2016), and sister Valliere Boll (2018).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared on his tribute page at

In lieu of flowers, the family would request that the site direct people to make a donation in honor of Dennis to the Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago, which was extremely important to him.  Donations can be mailed directly to the address below:
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago
2211 N. Oak Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60707

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