Donald E. "Gene" Dennison, 68, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Bradford and Keithsburg, IL, died Sunday, July 12, 2015 at C.W Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, FL. Cremation has been accorded. Private graveside military services and burial is in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, IL where Masonic Rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born September 26, 1946 in Bradford, IL to Donald B. and Golda Dodson Dennison. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1964 and was an Eagle Scout. He served in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1970 in the U.S. Navy. Gene married Diana Sheese November 24, 1971 in Elmira, IL. He later married Debra Lant September 11, 1987.
He was employed as an Illinois state trooper, assigned to the Macomb district and primarily worked in Henderson, Mercer and Warren Counties. Upon his retirement, he moved to Florida. He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River, playing cards, singing Willie Nelson songs and karaoke and activities at the American Legion.
He was a member of the Bradford Masonic Lodge.
Gene is survived by a daughter, Jena (Casey) Goff of Biggsville, a son, Joshua Dennison of Moline, 4 grandchildren, Ethan and Emma Dennison and Wyatt and Alaina Goff, his brother, Bruce (Pat) Dennison of Lafayette, IL; one sister, Juanita (Richard) Hofer of East Peoria, IL, his significant other, Marian Holliday, of St. Petersburg, FL, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Fippinger Funeral Home