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Gerald W. Dennis

March 7, 1945November 14, 2021
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Gerald W. Dennis, 76, of Markle passed away on November 14, 2021 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida. After many years of health issues (cancer) Gerald’s tired body went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Gerald was a 1963 graduate of Lancaster Central School in Wells County and from Huntington College with a master’s degree in Business. He worked at Midwestern United Life Insurance Company and Lincoln National Insurance Company for 25 years. Gerald also worked for Youth for Christ as a fundraiser. In 2001 he was Executive President for Retirement Marketing Services and also Sales Manager for 10 years. He also served as board member and president for Life Line Homes (group homes). He helped establish Campus Life Junior Varsity in the middle schools in Huntington, Indiana. Gerald was also a Sunday school teacher and active member of Markle Church of Christ in Markle, Indiana. He enjoyed eating out, playing cards and games, except for Rummy Cube, with friends. He loved antiquing, auctions and junk food at local fairs. Gerald enjoyed hosting parties and get togethers with family and friends. He had an annual 4th of July party with awesome fireworks for the JOY Sunday school class. With RMS he had the joy of traveling to many foreign countries. Gerald and his wife, Bonnie, played grandparents to four special children, Owen, Lane, Cade and Ella Havens, who brought such joy into their lives. Gerald and Bonnie lived in Markle, IN and Bradenton, FL for years and attended Woodlawn Community Church in Bradenton. He also served as Vice President, then President of Heather Hills Property Owners Association in Florida. Gerald loved history and was an avid presidential and Lincoln memorabilia collector.

Gerald was born on March 7, 1945 in Huntington County, the son of the late Charles and Lallah (Laughlin) Dennis.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Lou Springer on June 4, 1977. Bonnie Survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters: Heidi Dennis Bermudez, Holly Dennis; a sister: Betty Ellet and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Dixie Harrell, Willadean Dennis and a brother: Chuck Dennis.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Markle Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse Street, Markle, Indiana. The family requests the wearing of masks and social distancing during the service times.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 6:00 pm following the visitation at the Markle Church of Christ. To view Gerald's service online follow the link, https://youtu.be/FCKk3F2C8jk

Private family interment will be at the Markle Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can go to the Gerald Dennis Memorial Go Fund Me page or to the Dennis family (checks to Bonnie Dennis) to defer Medical Expenses. Send in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.

  • FAMILY

  • Bonnie (Springer) Dennis, Wife
  • Heidi Bermudez, Daughter
  • Holly Dennis, Daughter
  • Gerald and Bonnie played grandparents to four special children, Owen, Lane, Cade and Ella Havens
  • DONATIONS

  • The Dennis Family (Checks to Bonnie Dennis)

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Family Interment

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Margie Williams

December 3, 2021

I'm sorry I wasn't there for you yesterday, Bonnie. Know that I am praying for you and the girls in this time of unimaginable sorrow. May the Lord guide and heal you. My deepest sympathies are with you.

Karen Zehr

December 3, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to you, Bonnie, and your family. You probably don't remember me, but I was the secretary at MULIC working for Gerald. In fact, you both were so nice and came to our wedding.

Gerald will always be remembered for his kindness, empathy, and positive life outlook. Working was more enjoyable knowing he was there!

Gerald is now free of earthly sufferings and definitely welcomed Home. May you (and family) find comfort and peace.

Jim Julian

December 2, 2021

Bonnie - So very sorry for your loss of your life companion. I enjoyed many years working with Gerald at Lincoln as our group of excellent people put the 401(k) business at Lincoln on the map. He was an outstanding leader, mentor, and just overall a great person to be around. He always had a laugh and smile.

We had some great memories at those Lincoln retirement group conventions with you and Gerald. Jan and I will always treasure those times.

So very sorry that we could not be there for his memorial as we are in California and could not make it back.

Jim Mowery

December 2, 2021

Words are never adequate in moments like these. My heart is heavy as I think of Gerald and the personal blessing he was to me, as well as to everyone who knew him. I will always remember him as a loving and caring man who had a smile and laugh which were contagious with anyone he came in contact with. Gerald was truly a gem with his up-beat personality, zest for life, kindness, and always a pleasure to be around. My literally daily meetings in his office at Lincoln Life over the years were greatly anticipated, rewarding, and downright fun!

I will also say though, that my heart goes out to you all. And just know that I will always remember the joyous memories that I’m privileged to have in knowing Gerald.

I’m so sorry I could not be there in person to convey my condolences. Though I may be far away, know that my spirit and prayers are with you.

Mike Woehnker

December 2, 2021

Hi Bonnie--you have my deepest sympathy. You probably don't remember me, but I worked with Gerald in the Methods Department at MULIC in the early 80s. What a sense of humor that guy had. He and I were always laughing. He was a very kind and caring individual and related well with people. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you.

Anne Bennett

December 1, 2021

Dear Bonnie,
I am so sorry to hear of Gearld’s passing. I know you have some difficult days ahead but I know you have a strong faith & you will get through it.
May God Bless you & your family in the coming days.
Anne Bennett

Virginia (Ginny) Wyman

November 27, 2021

Bonnie and girls, so sorry for your loss; heaven's gain.
I, too, worked with Gerald at Lincoln Financial. You never met him when he didn't have a smile or a laugh to share. You always left his presence in a good mood. He lit up the room w/ his personality.
I thoroughly enjoyed the family pictures you shared. It brought back the Gerald I had forgotten over the years.
Virginia (Ginny) Wyman

Karen Hunnicutt

November 22, 2021

I am saddened to learn of Gerald's passing. My sympathy to all of you. Haven't seen you in a while but remember the good times at swim meets. My blessings to you and know
that Gerald is free of pain.

Brian Schindler

November 20, 2021

We were sad to hear of Gerald’s death. We will keep Bonnie and family in our prayers. Brian and Donna Schindler

Matt Dyer

November 20, 2021

I always enjoyed the visits I had with Gerald and Bonnie. My sympathies to you Bonnie and all those he touched. Celebrate a life well lived, and rejoice in knowing that he is resting in the peace that only comes through god.

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