News Death Notice
DEIS, Dennis George John On January 23rd, 2012, we lost Dennis George John Deis, a loving, dedicated, trustworthy, and fun-loving family man and friend. At 70 years old, he had lived a rich, albeit too short life. He was born on May 29th, 1942, in his parents' home in Kettering's Greenmont Village. He started his adventures outside of Greenmont at 18, when he enlisted in the Navy. He served from March 28, 1960 to May 28, 1963. When he returned, he married Joyce Breckler and started working for Ohio Bell as a phone installer. After 27 years, he retired as a PBX installer for AT&T. He started a second career as a hot air balloon pilot and entrepreneur of Rainbow's End balloon flights. He was frequently seen flying over the Dayton area in the rainbow-colored Houser Asphalt balloon. Ballooning took him on adventures in Michigan, Iowa, New Mexico, Arizona, and Europe. He flew over European castles and great scenic views for Buddy Bombard. Over 10,000 Daytonians shared a balloon basket with Dennis, as he was the most active aeronaut in the Miami Valley. After retiring from ballooning, he dedicated his life to his family, friends and incredible artistic home improvements, usually to his own home. He was a very capable and creative carpenter, electrician, architect, inventor, restoration specialist, and artisan, building anything from detailed dollhouses to room additions. He often found it impossible to say no when any of his friends or family asked for use of his talents. Dennis Deis was also respected as a community and civic minded person. He was very involved in his community and he often served on neighborhood boards and committees. He looked for any excuse, almost to the point of inventing holidays, to open his home to his friends and family. His large and celebratory personality drew people in for big planned parties to impromptu get-togethers. This is said with a huge smile and a little eye roll, he loved to be the center of attention. His grandchildren enjoyed his playfulness and goofy mentality. Denny loved making people laugh, even if it was at him. He truly treasured all of his family and friends and left us with many stories to tell. He is preceded in death by his father, Peter Edmund Deis. He is survived by his mother, Viola Deis and siblings, Edmund (Donna) Deis, Gary (Joe Reidy) Deis, Pete (Vic Balaguer) Deis, Diana (Brent) Ingram, Maria (Ted Urke) Wegh and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his 3 children, Lisa Deis (Steve) Coe, Tony (Tonya) Deis, and Alan Deis, and his 5 precious grandchildren, Olivia and Scarlet Coe, Nathan and Meghan Deis, and Kayla Nicol-Deis. The huge outpouring of love and support that his family has received from his many friends is a true testimonial to his loyal, generous, and gregarious nature. You have no idea how much you will be missed, Dad. "May the winds welcome you with softness. May the sun bless you with its warm hands. May you fly so high and so well that God, now, joins you in laughter and sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth." A memorial will be held at Greenmont Hall, February 23rd at 4:00.