John Smith Dennis (1928 - 2011)

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Funeral services for John S. Dennis, 83, were conducted by Pastor Dwayne Ferguson on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira. The interment was in the Oakfield Cemetery east of Brayton. The casket bearers were Rex Andersen, Craig Lykke, Galen Hansen, Dalton Christensen, Mike Hoffman and Bob Jensen. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
John "Butch" Smith Dennis, the son of Fred Benjamin and Ethel Elsie Dueling Dennis was born Feb. 8, 1928, at his parents' home in Audubon, and died Dec. 10, 2011, at the Cass County Homecare/Hospice in Atlantic, at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 2 days.
John was baptized and confirmed at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. He attended Audubon Community Schools in Audubon. After school he was employed as a truck driver for Elmer Carlson Trucking.
On April 5, 1958, he was united in marriage to Mary Luzetta Nichols at the Presbyterian Church in Atlantic. They lived in the Atlantic area for a short time and then resided in the Brayton and Exira areas most of their lives. John was employed as a truck driver and drove truck for H.P. Jorgensen, Arnold Nielsen, Larry Nielsen, Dwayne Nielsen, Schmidt Masonry, Allied, and Galen Hansen. Later he purchased his own dump truck and operated his own business. Mary died Feb. 25, 2001. John retired from trucking in 2009. He enjoyed his home in Brayton and then later moved to the Exira Care Center on July 18, 2011.
     John had been a member of the Army National Guard. When he was younger he enjoyed building and racing stock cars. One of his greatest interests was scrapping metal.
     John was preceded in death by his wife Mary L. Dennis; two infant sons; his parents; his brother and sister: Robert Dennis; Eloise and husband Jens Madsen; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: George Nichols; Marvin and wife Betty Nichols; John Nichols and Ruth Oliver.
     Survivors include his children: Donna Dennis and Lyle Drees of Exira; David and wife April Dennis of Brayton; Denise and husband Andy Jago of Clarinda; Debbie Wiskus; and John Brannon; his grandchildren: Molly and husband Nathan Yock of Marne; Casey Drees and Brady Drees both of Exira; Misty Jago and friend Taylor Wissel both of Shenandoah; Jeana Jago of Clarinda; his brother: Carl and wife Betty Dennis of Audubon; his special nephew: George and wife Susie Oliver of Logan; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Vera Dennis of Exira; Zetta and husband Robert Stuetelberg of Brayton; Doris Nicholsen of Papillion, Neb.; Bill Oliver of Harlan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23, 2011