OBITUARY

Dennis Karner

February 7, 1950August 10, 2019
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Dennis Karner was born on February 7, 1950 in Bay City, Michigan and passed away on August 10, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • FAMILY

  • Survived by his wife; Linda, his children; Lisa, Tammy & Brenda,
    Grandchildren; Brandon, Austyn, Zach, Danielle, Nick, Tommy, Kylie, and Tyler, Brother, Colin and his sister Karen

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, August 15, 2019

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Lorie Burnette

August 13, 2019

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Mike Karner

August 13, 2019

Had alot of fun growing up in a small town were everybody knows you because of your last name.Dennis andhis siblings were excellent on sports and that made it tough on the rest of us.But I was proud to be there cousin and I also had some great memories .RIP my friend

Debra Creasman

August 11, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for the family. Deb and Dave

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Biography

Dennis passed away on August 10, 2019 at St. Pete General. Dennis fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, his children, Lisa, Tammy & Brenda, his grandchildren, Brandon, Austyn, Zach, Danielle, Nick, Tommy, Kylie, and Tyler, his brother, Colin and his sister Karen. Services were held at Serenity Funeral Home. Dennis was laid to rest in Serenity Garden Memorial Park.

 Dennis was born in Mercy Hospital in Bay City, MI. He was the son of Elizabeth & Louis Karner. Dennis was raised in Bay City, MI. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Dennis was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Dennis's personality throughout his life.

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Dennis Joseph Karner. He was a warm hearted and loving individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Dennis was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant. He was a wonderful loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to many people. His life revolved around his family. Dennis' passion in life was golf, but he loved all sports.

Though Dennis was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Dennis was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Dennis worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Dennis was raised with 4. He had 3 older brothers, Gerald, Wayne & Colin and a younger sister, Karen. Dennis and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

 As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Dennis was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Dennis was always tactful. One thing Dennis will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. Dennis took part in football, baseball and basketball. In his spare time he liked fishing and golf Dennis' memorable achievements included surviving three older brothers.

 For Dennis, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Dennis was also adept at details. Dennis was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Bay City John Glenn in 1969. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Brady.

 There was one thing that all of Dennis's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Dennis was such a popular person throughout his life. But Dennis was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Dennis was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Dennis was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Dennis was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Dennis was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Dennis made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Pat Sheeren and Charlie Wamsley.

 Dennis was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Dennis cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On March 28, 1992 Dennis married Linda Lee Banks at VA Park of St. Petersburg, FL. Compassionate and devoted, Dennis worked hard to make his new life partner happy.  Harmony was important to Dennis and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. "Pa" - as his grandchildren called him - was always ready to help the grandchildren instigate mischief.

 Taking his work seriously came naturally to Dennis, and he expected the same from those around him. Dennis was a good team player. He was employed at Dura-Last for 34 years. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Dennis was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits, were situations that Dennis handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the “big picture.” His primary occupation was as a Quality Assurance Technician.

  A methodical man, Dennis enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were golf and taking pictures. Dennis found great joy in talking pictures at every occasion but also enjoyed sharing his pictures with a walk down memory lane. Dennis was not a fan of new technology and loved his old fashioned camera.

 Dennis was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Dennis was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Dennis played football. Recreational sports included softball, basketball and flag football. Dennis also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following the Rays, Lightening, Bucks and always kept on eye on the Detroit Red Wings and Lions.

 Dennis and Linda enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends. They had the great opportunity to take a two-week cruise to Alaska where he chased bears and took many, many pictures

Dennis looked forward to the holiday season and decorating the outside of his home with lots of lights and decorations. He took great pride constructing and display his large Christmas Village.

 Dennis was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Dennis was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember most, is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Dennis Joseph Karner.