Dennis Robert Libby, 69, of Luzerne, entered peacefully into eternal rest on May 27 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dennie was born on June 1, 1943, in Lewiston, Maine, as the seventh of eight children. As a teenager, he entered the Marine Corps, where he served in Okinawa, Japan, and throughout the U.S. After returning to civilian life, Dennis proved to be a bit of a daredevil, spending his days racing stock cars. It was about this time that Dennie began his career in construction, which lasted until his retirement only a couple of years ago. For more than two decades, he worked for Ed Krasavage Construction, and he considered his co-workers there throughout the years to be some of his closest friends.
Dennie was known as a guy to go out of his way for others and had a knack for making people feel comfortable around him. Among his favorite things were classic cars, "Law & Order," Penn State football, the Cincinnati Bengals, heated blankets, Abe's Hotdogs, the Swoyersville Sailers and he was never one to pass on a doughnut or good cup of coffee.
It was well-known that despite Dennie's endless list of likes, his true love was his family. He raised seven children and was married to his wife, Diane (Worlinsky) Libby, for 32 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dennis Libby, Valerie Andres, Matthew Libby and Angela Aicher; grandchildren, Timothy Andres, Justin Andres, Sommer Lawson, Wynter Libby, Jonathan Libby and Tristan Libby; siblings, Patty Laverdiere, Irene Culleton, Brenda Larsen, Roger Libby and Patrick Libby; mother-in-law Joan Worlinsky, as well as many more close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Ernest Libby; siblings, Maggie Weber and Ernest Libby; father-in-law, Robert Worlinsky; son, Ryan Libby; and dog, Peanut.
A celebration of life will be held at Lehman Funeral Home, 281 Chapel St., Luzerne. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Dennie's family extends a warm thank-you to the staff at St. Luke's Hospice and Dr. Steven Greenwald's office for their excellent care. At the request of the family, due to allergies, please omit from sending flowers.
Published in Times Leader on June 9, 2013