OBITUARY ~ LYNN DENNIS
September 30, 1944 ~ June 22, 2012
Lynn Ray DENNIS, 67, passed away on June 22, 2012 from his courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer for the past two
and a half years at his home at Sun Valley Lake. Services will be held in two locations: A visitation will be held at
the Ankeny Church of Christ, 224 SW 3rd St, on Tuesday, June 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a service beginning
at 2:00 p.m. Lynn will then travel to his hometown of Mount Ayr, Iowa for a visitation on Wednesday, June 27 at
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Services will
then be held the following day at the Eagle's Nest Dance Hall in Ellston, IA starting at 10:30 A.M. with burial to
follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
Lynn was born September 30, 1944 in Bethany, Missouri, the son of Ivan & Nadine (SELBY) DENNIS. Lynn grew up at Mount
Ayr, Iowa and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1963. Lynn was married to Mickey RICE on February 16, 1964 and
together they had three sons, David, Chris, and Brent.
Lynn later married Marge SMITH on December 15, 1990 and became
the step-father to two more sons, Mitchell and Mike.
Lynn owned and operated DENNIS Parking Maintenance, a successful
pavement marking company for over 40 years. Lynn started his company in 1968 with a 1949 Ford pickup truck and a pull
behind sweeper, which through his persistence, grew the company into national recognition. This may have been his
job, but his passion and love fell in three categories: classic cars, bass/trout fishing, and Country Western dancing!
Lynn was the proud owner of several show cars that he enjoyed showing in competitions and sharing his stories with
anyone who would listen. He had a love for fishing that was evident with the many trophy mounts that he accumulated
from lakes all over the world. To say that Lynn loved Country Western music and dancing would be an understatement.
Lynn built the Eagles Nest Dance Hall in 2009 at Sun Valley Lake for his friends and dance family to have a first class
facility to kick up their heels. Lynn was a high-energy dancer that could teach anyone to dance within a few songs...do
we dare mention the triple-step! This was a place of enjoyment where music stars from all over the Midwest came to
perform so people listen to great music and dance on the nicest "diamond-ground" dance floor in Iowa.
Lynn was preceded in death by his brother Keith DENNIS in 1957; Albert BURTON, birth father, in 2000.
Lynn is survived by his parents Ivan & Nadine DENNIS of Independence, Missouri; wife Marge DENNIS of Ankeny, Iowa; sons
David DENNIS of Des Moines and his children Melinda (son Jaden), Devin, and Derrick; Chris DENNIS of Pleasant Hill, Iowa
and his children Mikayla and Kali; Brent (Amie) DENNIS of Gatesville, Texas and their children Tucker and Kelsie;
step-sons Mitchell FAUGHT of Berryville, Arkansas and Mike FAUGHT of Springfield, Missouri and their families; brother
Mike (Linda) DENNIS of Sandy, Utah; sisters Linda (Dave) WILCOX of Coos Bay, Oregon and Janet (John) RICHARDSON of
Independence, Missouri; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good and close friends.
Special thanks goes to Steve ADAMS (brother-in-law) and Brent DENNIS, his son, for their tireless efforts in helping
Dad through his journey; the medical guidance of the wonderful doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic; the care and support
of the nursing staff at the Taylor House; finally, the caring professionals at Greater Regional Hospice in Creston,
Iowa as his fight came to an end.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be dedicated to the Taylor House Hospice, 3401 East Douglas Avenue Des
Moines, Iowa 50317, in Lynn's name.
Services were conducted at the Ankeny Church of Christ on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, and at the Eagle's Nest Dance Hall
at Sun Valley Lake in Ellston on Thursday, June 28, 2012, with Junior MORGAN officiating. Musicians were Mike DULEY, Vance
MONDAY, Gregg GRAEFF, Dick STEPHENS, Roxanne GREGG, Mike DENNIS and Suzanne WILLIAMS.
Casket bearers at the Ankeny Church of
Christ were Bob MESSER, Bob BURD, Devin DENNIS, J.R. RASTU, Derrick DENNIS and Jake JACOBS.
Casket bearers at Eagle's Nest
at Sun Valley Lake included Steve ADAMS, Calvin ADAMS, Jim HULL, Paul McKINNEY, Gerald PALMER and Bill BAILEY.
pall bearers at Ankeny Church of Christ were Jim CROUSE, Pat WELLS and Vern LISTER.
Honorary pall bearers at Eagle's Nest
at Sun Valley Lake were Kelly RICHARDS, Charles RICHARDS, Wayne HOOVER, Maurie GOODE and Clint SWAN.
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