Dennis Anstine

July 5, 1941 – April 14, 2020


Dennis Walter Anstine died on April 14, 2020 in Newport, Oregon after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Kearney, Nebraska on July 5, 1941.

Dennis graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1959. He proudly served in the Marines and later graduated from San Jose State University in 1967 with a degree in journalism. Dennis was a reporter and editor for countless daily and weekly newspapers all around the country, including the Jefferson County Leader from 1979-1984. He was a beloved mentor, as well as a professional inspiration to a vast number of reporters and staff during his 50-year journalism career.

Dennis was a long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan and a big Nebraska Cornhusker devotee. Later in life, he was awarded a fellowship to the University of Oregon and became a fan of the Ducks as well. As a long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, he loved camping and the outdoors. He adored baseball and long walks on Oregon beaches. He looked forward to visits with family and especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren. He had a wry sense of humor, a gentle heart and a wide, welcoming smile.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father Francis Dupin (Duke) Anstine and mother Norma (Peggy) Anstine and is survived by his wife Jeanne Anstine; daughters Karley Perrin, Rebecca Gouge, Kate Anstine and stepson Christian Okerman; six grandchildren: Hayes, Elijah, and Sawyer Gouge, Mia Perrin, Nolan and Kellen Okerman and by his siblings David Anstine and Katherine Anstine-Proctor. He was loved by many people and will be greatly missed.

Memorial to be held at a later date. He asked that if wished, charitable donations be given to Pacific Communities Health Foundation of Newport Oregon.


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Marge samuelson

Sorry to hear about Mr. Anstine's death. He, like all the reporters from the Port Townsend Leader left an amazing amount of information and photos about our county. I have used a lot of them in my research for the JCHS. My condolences to his family.

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