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SPRING BAY - Dennis D. Griswold, 61, of Spring Bay died on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at his home.

Dennis was born on Aug. 26, 1952, the son of Jack and Betty (Fernandez) Griswold, both deceased. He married Mary Ann Billman in Dallas, Texas. They later were divorced.

Dennis attended Chillicothe High School and attempted to join the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973, only to be rejected because of kidney disease that would later require a kidney transplant. His identical twin brother, Gary, was the ideal match for the transplant and was furloughed from the Army for the transplant operation. The operation was such a success that Dennis was soon off of rejection medication and resumed his life as if nothing had happened. Later on, he contracted COPD, which eventually took his life.

In earlier years, Dennis and his twin brother, Gary, both worked for Jack Weber of Weber Funeral Home after school and on weekends. Jack would always have chores for them to keep them busy and kept a little change in their pockets. In his adult life, Dennis was an independent trucker, last working for Horton Trucking in Tremont, Ill. When not on the open road, he was in the shop repairing and working on the trucks, last working in 2009 when he became ill.

He was an avid NASCAR fan, always favoring big muscle cars.

Surviving are his ex-wife, Mary Ann Waldon, and their son, Heath Waldon; his brothers and sisters, Jack (Sue) Griswold of Spring Bay, Barbara (Bob) Cambridge of Phoenix, Ariz., Delmar (Debra) Griswold of Tucson, Ariz., Gary (Ann) Griswold of Pekin and Terry Sue Patterson of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Memorials may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe.

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dennis' memorial website may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 31, 2013
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