Robert Lee Dennis Jr., 42, of Salem, New Hampshire, passed away at his home in Jacksonville on Jan. 1, 2013.
Robert was born in Lawrence, Mass. on July 15, 1970 to his parents, Robert and Dolores (Houle) Dennis. He graduated from Salem High School in 1988 and entered the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 22, 1988. He graduated recruit training in Paris Island, South Carolina in February 1989. After returning from Okinawa, he reported to Camp Lejeune in 1990, where he met his wife Kimberley (Pues) Dennis who he was married to for the last 21 years. They had two children, Brittney, 20 and Brandon, 17. During his time in service, he served three tours in Iraq and reached the rank of master sergeant. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of 3rd award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with "Valor" device and two gold stars in lieu of 3rd award, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation - Navy, Humanitarian Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one silver star and one bronze star in lieu of seventh award, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star in lieu of second award, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon with four stars, Iraq Campaign Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and a Meritorious Service Medal. He retired after 23 years of honorable, faithful service on June 30, 2012. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, fire fighting and did beautiful carpentry work. He was always good for his great sense of humor and could make everyone laugh. He was a very loving husband, father, son, brother, and a very special friend to many, and will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberley (Pues) Dennis; son, Brandon Dennis; daughter, Brittney Dennis; parents, Robert and Dolores (Houle)Dennis; brother, Kevin Dennis; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; his mother and father in-law, James and Bonnie (Carpenter)Pues; sister-in-laws, Janilee Pues, Mary Young, Laura Pues, Tanya Hauser, Judy Welch and Jeanne Conlon; and brother-in-laws, Tom Pues, Joseph Pues and Richard Pues.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Natalie Dennis and Irene Stanley and Roland Houle.
A funeral service will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Mainside Protestant Base Chapel at 12:30 p.m. with Chaplain Rob Fasnacht officiating. Burial will follow at the Coastal Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery with Military Honors.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors (Camp Lejeune).
Condolences may be made at johnsonfuneralhomes.com or JDNews.com.
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.