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George William Dennis

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 9:04 a.m. CDT

SENECA, Ill. — Mr. George William Dennis, 89, of Seneca, Ill., passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Rivershores Nursing Center in Marseilles.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Seneca, with Pastor Jason Sprinkel officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, as well as for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Seneca.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home. 

George was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Bowen, in Hancock County, Ill., to Howard and Delcia (Smith) Dennis. He married Lucille Foehringer on May 13, 1944, in Pontiac, Ill. She preceded him in death June 7, 2011.

George attended schools in Denver, Ill., and Augusta, Ill., before graduating from Clayton High School in Clayton, Ill. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Seneca.

George began his working career in Burlington, Iowa, and moved to Seneca to work at the Shipyards during World War II. He then worked at E.I. DuPont Company for 44 years before retiring, and then worked part-time at the Super Wash Car Wash for a number of years.

George spent many years on the Seneca Grade School Board of Education and many years on the Seneca High School Board of Education, serving as president a number of years.

George has been a member of the Seneca Lions Club for 60 years and has served as an officer many times. He was an avid sports fan and loved to attend the local school basketball games, football games, softball games, and track meets. He was a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan and continued to watch all of the games.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who are blessed to have had him in their lives. George was a devoted husband for the 67 years he was married, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his two daughters, Connie (Larry) Mitchell of Marseilles and Carol Gorham of Seneca; six grandchildren, Bradley (Astrid) of Zurich, Switzerland, Brenton (Michelle) Mitchell of Seneca, Britta (Todd) Robran of Ankeny, Iowa, Michelle (Karl) Howardson of Seneca, Chrissy (Jeremy) Shanks of Seneca, and Michael Gorham of Seneca: 13 great-grandchildren, Brittney (Jerry) Dutko, Joshua Howardson, Tyler, Madison, and Sophie Shanks, Maresha, Kegan and Breklyn Mitchell, Alexandra, David, and Andrew Robran, Paul and Sarah Mitchell; five step great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Olivia, Sophie, and Michayla Metille; and several nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lyle Dennis; one sister, Ruth Matthews; and one granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be Pat (Teco) Raibley, Wes Ratcliff, Darryl Rogers, Danny Applebee, Larry Thorson, Joe Robinson, Bob Kein, Butch Applebee and Jerry Barla.

Memorials may be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Seneca Lions Club, or Vitas Hospice.

The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.ottawafuneralhome.com.

For additional information, contact Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home, 135 E. Lincoln St., Seneca, at (815) 357-6172.

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