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Dr. Dennis Greenlee

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Dr. Dennis Greenlee died on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. courtesy photo.





Many people think of Dr. Dennis Greenlee as the chiropractor/acupuncturist who didn’t hesitate to make house calls holidays, nights or weekends because he believed that pain never took time off and if you said you cared about your patients’ health you should be willing to take care of them no matter when or how inconvenient.


Alleviating pain was one of Dennis’ main drives in life. He took courses in many different techniques and therapies, always searching for something that would fix the patient who was hard to help.


Some remember Dennis’ fresh-caught abalone and green-flesh ling cod eaten around a jaunty campfire at Anchor Bay campground on the rugged North Coast of California. Many enjoyed his homemade chili and ice cream. He loved to cook.


But by far his own happiest memories were the four trips with Christian Chiropractors he made to Ecuador, offering his services free to hundreds of people who would not have otherwise received chiropractic care.


Watching the rotund, good-natured man with snow-white hair, one Ecuadorian child remarked, “Now I know what Santa does in the summer.” The people there called him Papa Noel and Chimboraso, after the high mountain whose peak was always covered with snow.


Dennis was a Gideon, a Rotarian, a practical joker, a singer of silly songs. He taught speed reading at Zemorah Christian School and treated the aches and pains of the students of Summer Theatre Workshop. He loved polka music, Westerns, old movies, and his wife Carolyn’s singing. With Carolyn he wrote two books on microcurrent therapy and taught seminars on it with Carolyn and her father, the inventor of medical microcurrent, Dr. Thomas W. Wing.


Dennis wasn’t shy about praying for his patients, having experienced himself the healing power of prayer. He founded a prayer team at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church that continues to serve the community and beyond.


When strokes made it impossible for Dennis to remain at home, he was moved to a care facility closer to his children and grandchildren. There he treated and prayed for the other inmates, as he called them, until his health deteriorated to the point that he could no longer get around. He continued to pray many hours every day for his loved ones and the prayer requests and updates that Carolyn shared with him.


On Oct. 27, at 4:55 a.m., Dennis Greenlee stepped serenely into the presence of God, whole again and more. He leaves a legacy of prayer, hope and loving care; and four children, two stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, many of whom are in fields of ministry, medical missions, health and helps.


Come join in the remembrance and celebration of Dennis’ life, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, 5340 Third St., Kelseyville, CA 95451, 707-279-1104. There will be opportunity for you to share your recollections of this complex and dedicated child of God.


Please be comforted knowing that he is reveling in the presence of his cherished Lord and those he loved who preceded him there.


In lieu of flowers, Dennis wanted the good work to go on. Contributions may be sent to Christian Chiropractors at 2550 Stover, B-102 Fort Collins, CO 80525 or the Gideons at 410 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, CA 95453-9645, 707-263-5270.

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