Dennis M. Meredith died March 26, following heart surgery. Born in San Francisco September 18, 1937, to Roy and Aileen (McClure) Meredith, Dennis attended public schools in Redwood City, graduating from Sequoia High School in 1955. After attending UCLA, he worked for a civil engineering firm in Menlo Park. Concurrently, he became an officer in the California National Guard. When his civilian job transferred him to Southern California, Dennis found the variety and challenges of military service more rewarding, and thus began his career as an active duty officer in the Army During a 28-year career, Dennis commanded artillery batteries at Fort Sill, in Viet Nam and in Germany. He completed schools for artillery officers at Fort Sill and Fort Leavenworth; he taught on military bases and in the ROTC program at Loyola University, Chicago. He also earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a master's degree in business from Boston University. Dennis served as executive officer in a combat engineer battalion at Fort Bragg, NC, where he enjoyed his airborne status. His dedicated service was rewarded by being assigned to command battalions in Germany and at Fort Sill. Dennis's awards and citations include Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal (four bronze service stars), Army Commendation medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster) and the Legion of Merit. Following retirement, Dennis and his wife Laurell settled in Sonoma. Dennis worked as project manager for the City of Novato and for the Sonoma County Architects Office. He also became active in veterans' groups, including MOAA, where he served as scholarship chairman, and the VFW, where he served as adjutant. He was a parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, his sister Shirley Souza (Norwood) of Nevada City; his brother Pete Meredith (Bonnie)of Folsom; sister-in-law Gayle Stevenson of Bowen Island, British Columbia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and grand-nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 E. Spain Street, on Monday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment at Veteran's Memorial Park Cemetery. Dennis was a loyal friend to all who knew him and a true hero to his family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the VFW National Home for Widows and Orphans, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to the Building and Grounds Fund at Trinity, or to a
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2013