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Dennis Pulkrabek Jr.

October 31, 1972 — November 26, 2019

Dennis Pulkrabek Jr., 47, Mandan, passed away from heart failure on November 26, 2019 at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Christina Martin officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Dennis was born on October 31, 1972 at the John Moses Air Force Hospital in Minot, the oldest son of Dennis Sr. and Margie (Ripplinger) Pulkrabek.  He was nicknamed “Monkey/Monk” at a very young age because of his fearless climbing.  The family moved to Mandan in 1974 where Dennis “Monk” attended school and graduated from Mandan High School in 1991.

Dennis “Monk” was never afraid to work. A man of many skills, he was a talented carpenter, siding installer, roofer, mechanic, and especially a tattoo artist.  That special skill took him around the country.

Dennis “Monk” and Thersea loved to be out in the boat.  He was an avid music fan, especially heavy metal, and he played the drums, guitar, violin, and banjo.  Always conscious of others, Dennis “Monkey” loved and cared for his family and those close to him.  He will be forever missed.

Blessed to have shared his life are his parents, Dennis Sr. and Margie Pulkrabek, Mandan; his son, Valin Pulkrabek, Hastings, MN; significant other, Thersea “Happy” Nelson, Mandan; and his step-son, Terrance Strand.

Dennis was preceded in death by his brother, Adam Pulkrabek; and grandparents, Donald and Arlene Pulkrabek and Fred and Ann Ripplinger.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, December 2, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Buehler-Larson Funeral Home

1701 Sunset Dr, Mandan, ND 58554

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Starts at 11:30 am (Central time)

First Lutheran Church (Mandan)


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