Laurence E. Dennis

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McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family


Laurence E. Dennis, Jr.
Laurence E. Dennis, Jr., age 97, died Monday, December 7, 2015 at his home.
Laurence was born the son of Laurence, Sr. and Alice (Harrison) Dennis. He graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1936. He served in the US Army Air Force during WWII in the 8th Air Force 92nd Bomb Group. He was shot down over Norway on his 23rd Mission and was a POW for 18 months at Stalag 17B. Laurence married Marjorie Huffman in August of 1945 in Trivoli. She preceded him in death in 1974. He married Marion Deets on December 20, 1975 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on September 1, 2007. He married Judy Warner on December 14, 2013 in Sterling. Laurence was employed at Keystone Steel and Wire Co. as the assistant to the Vice President of Sales. He worked there for 32 years. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling, the Masonic Lodge, was a lifetime member of the American Legion and American Ex- Prisoners of War and Stalag 17B Ex-Prisoners of War. He loved to golf and travel. He was an honorable man and loved by many.
Survivors include his wife of Sterling; two daughters, Marla Hori and Jane Dennis; two sons, Michael Dennis and John (Tomoko) Dennis; two sisters, Patsy Berei and Rosemary Utzsinger; five grandchildren and his sister-in-law, Cheryl (Cary) Robinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harrison and Milton Dennis; and three sisters, Julia Dennis, Virginia Ricer and Margaret Esther Dennis.
Visitation will be Friday, December 11, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling. Funeral services will be Friday at 12:00 PM at the church with Reverend Wesley Dickson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be established to the American Red Cross and Wesley United Methodist Church.
Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Judy,

My deepest condolences go out to you and the family. I only had the chance to meet you and Larry at the last Stalag 17B reunion, but you both impressed me with your vitality and love for each other.
Give to the departed eternal rest;
May light perpetual shine upon him.

Carolyn
Kriegie Kid

Posted by Carolyn Brown - Mahomet, IL - Kriegie Kid, Stalag 17B   December 13, 2015

So many memories, spent so many hours in your home growing up. So glad he was able to make it to Fl. last month. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all this week! Wish we could be there for you and I am so glad we were able to " crash" the Huffman reunion and visit with my favorite uncle a couple of years ago. Hope to see you all in the spring.

Posted by Linda Lane Hannappel - New Bern, NC - Niece   December 10, 2015

Candle

Judy, I am crying with you. He truly was a wonderful man. We are so sorry for your and his childrens loss. His knowledge of thing includng the war amazed us as I am sure many others. He was so lucky to have had you in his life the past 10 years, and to be able to do the traveling he did. We are all better people because we were able to get to know both of you. So glad I came out to see you this fall. Love to you

Posted by Tom and Marjorie Kosloske - South Milwaukee, WI - Friends   December 10, 2015

I forgot to sign my condolence- Debby Hitchell

Posted by A friend   December 10, 2015

So sorry Judy for your loss! I'm happy I got to clean for Larry! He kept a nice home. I enjoyed all his war stories! I know you will miss him terribly but know that he is in God's hands now. What a comfort that is!

Posted by Diana Skrogstad - STERLING, IL   December 10, 2015

Jane so very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. Reading his obituary, tells me what an honorable person he was and so very accomplished. Again, we send our sympathy.

Posted by Bonnie Stump - My. Sterling, OH - Marshall Field friend   December 09, 2015

So sorry to hear of your loss but so grateful to have been able to know such a wonderful man. He had such a profound and positive impact on so many people. Many wonderful Dennis/Utzinger gatherings to remember. Hugs to all of you.

Posted by Colleen McCarty - WI   December 09, 2015

We were lucky enough to spend time with Uncle Larry and Judy last year when they stayed with us a couple of days in Charlotte. Along with son Scott and wife Kelley, we had fun exchanging travel stories with them, and also hearing more of Larry's riveting World War II stories. Our son Steve and his wife and kids were also so fascinated by Larry's stories when he and Judy stayed with us in NJ a few years ago. It is a joy to have been able to keep in contact with this remarkable man over the many years of his life. We will remember him so very fondly, and our hearts go out to wife Judy and cousins Michael, Marla, Jane and John.

Our love to all,
Diann & Steve

Posted by Diann & Steve Berry - Asbury, NJ - Neice & neice's husband   December 09, 2015

So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he led a very full life. Always remember how neat and tidy he kept his home and yard on Hanssler. Spent many happy times playing with Jane there.

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2015

Dear Jane:

Your father's obituary reads like: "What I want to be when I grow up!" Sounds like he had a wonderful, fulfilling life. I know from personal experience that the dead live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved them.
I sounds like your father was truly loved and greatly admired. Sorry for your loss and the sadness it brings you.

Fond regards, Gervaise

Posted by Gervaise A. Hett - Oak Brook, IL - Friend & Coworker of Jane Dennis   December 09, 2015

Our deepest condolences to Judy and his Children. We are saddened to hear of Larry's passing but rejoice that he is with his Lord. Larry was such a delight to talk to; I'm glad we were able to visit with him back in August. 'Til we meet again. Joe & Kristi Klein

Posted by Kristi Klein - Lafayette, IN - Judy's Cousin   December 09, 2015

Sending love and warmth to Judy and to my cousins Jane, John, Marla and Mike. Your Father was my hero these last few years. I admired his spirit and attitude toward life. To possess such optimism and faith at his age are rare traits and Larry had both in abundance. He was a great example to a younger man like me. I will hold his memory in my heart (alongside my memories of Marge) and I wish I could reach out and hold each of you in my arms.

Posted by Thomas Utzinger and Family - Quy Nhon, Vietnam - Nephew   December 09, 2015

Candle

Larry being a part of our family was such a good and loving experience. We love him like our own. We enjoyed sitting and listening to his stories. Such a knowledgeable and interesting man. He will be surely missed by a multitude of people. He lives on in our hearts and memories. Larry, we will see you again one day on the streets of gold in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Prayers to the family and my sister Judy. Keep his memory alive!

Posted by Cary & Cheryl Robinson - Pekin, IL - Judy's sister. brother in law   December 08, 2015