Dean E. Jennings

July 4, 1927July 8, 2013

Dean E. Jennings Lansing, Michigan

Born July 4, 1927, in Lansing Michigan and passed away 4 days after his 86th birthday on July 8, 2013. Dean attended East Lansing High School and graduated from Lansing Eastern, after which he enlisted in the US Navy serving in the Pacific during WWII. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. For many years Dean was a construction cost estimator with such buildings to his credit as Edgewood United Church of Christ where he was a long-time member, East Lansing Public Library, MSU Planetarium, and various other building projects in the area and on campus. He retired as a construction engineer from Fisher Body in Lansing. Dean was a member and Past Commander of the Lansing Chapter of US Power and Sail Squadron, and the West Michigan Navigators Society. A consummate sailor, whether running on a beam reach flying a jenny, or closed-hauled with a hankie in a gale, his passion was sailing his beloved Lake Charlevoix, the Great Lakes, and the Virgin Islands with First Mate Pat. In the Winter he loved to ski the slopes of Northern Michigan with his family. He transmitted his love of nature to his children and hiked mountain trails in the West and Nova Scotia with Pat at his side.

Dean is survived by his best friend and wife of 64 years, Patricia M.; four children, Pamela, Danford, Trisha, and Sue; granddaughters, Simone and Melissa and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday July 21, 4:00 pm at Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dean’s memory to The Nature Conservancy, 101 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at:


  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 21, 2013

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July 18, 2013

Dear Pat, Sue and all Family,
Condolences from the heart.
Kathy and Jim Wood
Omaha, Nebraska

Laurie McMahon (Pfeifer)

July 18, 2013

Dear Pam,
It's been Many years since I last saw you at Marble Elementary and ELHS -
I am sorry to learn that your awesome dad is gone. His obituary gave a beautiful picture of a wonderful life and he must have been a great inspiration to you and your siblings.
I had a lovely chat with your mama at one of the EL Women's Club meetings a couple of years ago and I extend my sympathy to her as well.
I am thinking of you - Laurie McMahon (Pfeifer)

Judy Martin/Bowerman

July 12, 2013

I offer my sympathies to my Aunt Pat and all my cousins. I am so sorry Uncle Dean has past on. He lived a full, rich life with lots of family and love around him. I have fond memories as a child, playing with my cousins. I always thought he was the handsomest Uncle any little girl could have! I know my mother had loved her brother dearly and now they will be reunited in heaven. May God bless your family.

Shelley Rosenberg

July 12, 2013

Jennings family my deepest sympathy.

Janice Martin

July 11, 2013

To Aunt Pat and all my cousins - I'm sorry for your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

July 11, 2013

May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat Walters