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John D Dennis

March 15, 1949 — October 17, 2021

John D. Dennis, age 72, of Columbia City, IN, passed away at 3:20 am on Sunday October 17, 2021, at his residence.  Born on March 15, 1949, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Ray and Jane (Irwin) Dennis.

John attended Batavia High School, Batavia, NY, and graduated with the Class of 1968. He then proudly served his country, during 3 tours in Vietnam, in the U.S. Air Force.  Following that John earned his Associate in Applied Science Degree for Computer Operations and Programming, then his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management, a Biomedical Degree, and 9 additional vocational degrees.

John worked for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Fort Wayne until his retirement.  John also owned several businesses, including Country Magic Furniture, Sneaky Pete’s Night Club, Neighborhood Shirt Sales, CJ Funding Services Group, and Cravin Vapes.

John enjoyed playing shuffleboard, shooting pool, throwing horseshoes, playing darts, bowling, umpiring softball, woodworking, and riding his Gold Wing.  He was also a competitive sports enthusiast and loved listening to music and watching movies.

John was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #98, Columbia City, Past President of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1063, Columbia City, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1906, Columbia City, Past Commander of VFW Post #3846, Churubusco, and Lifetime member of VFW Post # 4717, Wolf Lake.

Survivors include his wife Cheryl Dennis of Columbia City; children Robert (Mayumi) Dennis of Texas, Ann (Scott) Burkhart of Douglassville, PA, Meghan Cormany of Huntington, and Amanda (Teron) Thierjung of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Trevor, Ray, Brandon, Marissa, Jacob, Joseph, and Fyona; siblings Mary Logston and Michael Dennis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Roberta Dennis, and grandchildren Jaxon and Broly.

Friends may call on Wednesday October 20, 2021, from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.

Funeral services for John will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday October 21, 2021, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in South Park Annex Cemetery, Columbia City.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to American Legion Post #98, Columbia City or to his final expenses.

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