Dennis E. Condon Okemos Born into an Irish family where engineering became the chosen pursuit, Denny followed his father, uncles and a brother into the field which had always been a family calling. He never looked back except on the rare occasion when he would admire an architectural wonder and think perhaps architecture would have been a possibility but, no, he was a "Condon". Dennis Earl Condon, 82, of Okemos, Michigan, died December 4, 2013 after a valiant and stoic thirty year struggle with heart disease. He was born in Muncie, Indiana on October 11, 1931 to Francis Condon and Helen (Coon) Condon. He attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit which put him in good stead when he majored in engineering at Michigan State College. A member of Beta Theta Pi and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honorary, he graduated in 1953 and that same year began a thirty four year career as an automotive engineer with Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. He was granted a two year leave from Oldsmobile in 1954 to serve in the Air Force at Wright Patterson in Dayton, Ohio. While there, he acted as the commanding officer in the development of the Gatling gun, later used by the U.S. military. Denny met Georgia (Ziehm) his wife of fifty nine years at Michigan State. She survives him along with their two daughters, Kelley of Fairfax, CA and Tracy (Michael) of Santa Monica, CA. He is also survived by one brother, Frank Condon (Ann) of Hillsdale and sisters Joanne White of Utica, and Caroline (James) Scharphorn of Grand Island, NE. His nieces and nephews thought of him as "Uncle Denny who could do anything". Denny was known by his many friends as a take charge guy. Although his technical training gave him an analytical mind, he had an esthetic bent which led him to love opera and drama as well as MSU sports. He cherished the many hours he spent cruising the Great Lakes with family and friends on his boat, the Angia. After his retirement, he spent his winters in Florida, trading the snow in Michigan for the sun in Sarasota. His heart, however, belonged to Michigan. A memorial service will be held in the spring and will be announced at that time. Memorial contributions may be made to the
, Memorials and Tributes, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, ILL 60674. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 8, 2013