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“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...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Brown - Mahomet, IL

“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...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Lane Hannappel - New Bern, NC

“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...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Tom and Marjorie Kosloske - WI

“I forgot to sign my condolence- Debby Hitchell ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Diana Skrogstad - STERLING, IL

“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...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Bonnie Stump - My. Sterling, OH

“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...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Colleen McCarty - WI

“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...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Diann & Steve Berry - Asbury, NJ

“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...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Gervaise A. Hett - Oak Brook, IL

“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...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Kristi Klein - Lafayette, IN

“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...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Thomas Utzinger and Family

“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. ...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Cary & Cheryl Robinson - Pekin, IL

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.
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