SPRINGFIELD - Dennis E. Capron, 65, passed away at his winter home in Nashville, Tenn. on June 15, 2014.
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Dennis was born in Springfield, Vt. on Aug. 27, 1948, the son of Ronald C. and Natalie (Rodger) Capron. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1966 and went on to Wentworth Institute in Boston, Mass., for his degree in mechanical engineering, graduating in 1968.
In 1969, he was drafted into the Army. After basic training and NCO school, he was sent to Vietnam where he was Platoon Sergeant in Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Calvary, of the 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) and earned several medals including two bronze stars for heroism.
After leaving the service, Dennis moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where he met his wife Penny Sliger. They wed April 5, 1980. In 1981, they moved to Arvada, Colo., where Dennis worked for the USGS branch of petro-physics for 16 years before retiring in 1996. The family then moved back to Springfield.
Dennis enjoyed many things including gardening and building stone walls on their property in Springfield. Even after retirement, he was always designing and building something with the latest project being a hydraulic lift for his truck. He also enjoyed working on family genealogy. Most importantly he loved spending time with family and friends.
Along with his wife Penny of 34 years, Dennis is survived by his children Debra Dunkerson of Loveland, Colo., Scott Capron of Berthoud, Colo., Daniel (Elvis) Capron of Nashville, Tenn., Derek Capron of Smyrna, Tenn.; siblings Rodger Capron of Springfield, Vt., Ronna Liberty of Springfield, Vt., Cathy Capron of Boscawen, N.H.; numerous grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and three great grandchildren.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Natalie Capron and step-daughter Deanna Eisele.
Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn., on July 18, 2014, at 11 am. There will also be a celebration of his life at the VFW Post 771 in Springfield, Vermont on July 26, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Published in Rutland Herald on July 2, 2014