Wilfred A. Dennis, "Will," passed away peacefully March 16, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife and oldest daughter at Hospice's Bailey Family Center in St. Augustine, Fla.
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Will was born in Burlington, Vt., on Sept. 29, 1923, to Wilfred and Elizebeth (La Row) Dennis. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army Air Force. He served during World War II as an aircrew member aboard B-17 bombers in Europe. He was shot down on April 11, 1944, was captured by German Forces and interned as a prisoner of war. After 13 months of captivity Will was freed by Allied Forces while on a forced march through Germany.
Will returned home after honorable service and met his wife Ilean (Danyow) Dennis and was married in Vergennes, Vt., on Feb. 8, 1948.
He went on to attend Bryant Business College in Providence, R.I., graduating cum laude with a BS in accounting and finance. He moved to upstate New York to follow a career in the lumber business that culminated in a senior executive position with Woodbury Lumber Co., Glens Falls, N.Y. After 26 years in the industry he retired to Vergennes, Vt., followed by a move to St. Augustine, Fla., in 2000. Will spent his many years of retirement enjoying family and friends. He was a lover of classical music, art and baseball. He enjoyed golfing and spending summers on Lake Champlain fishing with his beloved family. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization, and The American Legion. Will was a wonderful father and caring friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ilean (Danyow) Dennis; daughters, Sharon and husband David Fuerst of Beckley, W.Va., Linda Dennis of Jacksonville, Fla., and Paula Dennis of West Port, N.Y.; his son, Christopher and wife Kristi (Williams) Dennis of Middleburg, Fla.; as well as two grandsons, Shawn and Brendan Wiltse, and two granddaughters, Sydney and Morgan Dennis.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of Will's caregivers who were so kind and attentive to him during his final years.
A Catholic Mass and inurnment will be celebrated 9 a.m. Friday at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A S. St Augustine, FL 32080.
In lieu of flower please consider making a memorial donation to the Community Hospice of NE Florida, 525 SR 16 Suite 12, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Craig Funeral Home www.craigfuneralhome.com is serving the Dennis family.
Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Published in St. Augustine Record on Mar. 23, 2014