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Dennison, Walter Leonard

d. March 23, 2014

Walter Leonard Dennison was born August 19, 1920 in San Jose, Illinois. He was the son of Virgil and Glenna Mae Parsons Dennison.

On June 24, 1941, he married the most beautiful woman in the world, Lucille G. Clark. He worshiped her for 72 years, 9 months.

He was preceded in death by a son, James; a grandson, Jimmie; brothers, Earl, Jim, Bob, Wilbur, and Zeke Dennison; and his sisters, Lydia Dambacher, Burl Dennis, Janet Antonocci and Martha Wheatley.

Mr. Dennison is survived by a son, Tom (Karen) Dennison; a daughter, Linda “Windy” (Ed) Bileck of Springfield; daughter-in-law, Sue Dennison of New Jersey; a sister, Evelyn Freeman of Springfield; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; thirteen great-grand children, 3 step-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He retired from the Illinois Terminal Railroad after many years. Mr. Dennison worked for farmers Merle and Carl Jones for over 20 years and retired as custodian for Williamsville United Methodist Church in Williamsville after 10 years.

One of his biggest passions was watching the Junior High and High School Lady Bullets Softball teams play. One of his proudest moments was being Co-Grand Marshal of the Williamsville Homecoming parade and wore his jacket with pride.

He played baseball for 25 years as a left handed pitcher. He enjoyed watching it on television. He was an avid NASCAR Fan. Go Jimmie Johnson!

He was a member of the Williamsville United Methodist Church for over 40 years. He loved his church and church family.

Memorial can be made to the Williamsville United Methodist Church or the Memorial Hospice Program. He was taken up to heaven with the help of a special hospice nurse, Deb and his loving family.

Visitation will be held 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Rev. Dick Piscatelli will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.


  1. You’ve only been gone one day papa and you have never left my mind. You were my superhero, my best friend, my lifeline, my everything. You made me laugh, taught me how to love, and gave me so much faith in myself. No one can ever replace the hole in my heart until I see your face again. I’ll never let anyone forget the man you were. I can still hear your voice, “have a good day at school babe!” I feel like I’ve lost my legs without you here. I know you were sick and tired but if I could’ve I would’ve given you the air in my lungs, my heart, my everything for you to live one more day. Don’t worry about grandma Lucy, we are taking real good care of her. She misses you a lot and so does everyone you came in contact with. Thank you for giving me the honor of being your great granddaughter. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you’ll never know dear, how much I love you, so please don’t take my sunshine away. Rest In Paradise my beautiful angel. I love you so so so so much.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. You have all been there for me and my family on so many occasions. We are with you now in thoughts prAyers and more!! Love you

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Leonard was one of the sweetest people I will ever know. He (as well as Lucille) will always hold a very special place in my heart.

  4. He was a great man who instilled a great love for others. He walked the straight and narrow all his days and was a friend to all. Love you Leonard.

  5. Linda and family,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your Father…..You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joan McFadden Miller Sherman, Il.

  6. All my prayers and thoughts are with you. Grandpa will be greatly missed. He is now in a glorious place.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Leonard’s passing. I always thought the world of him and your family. When Mitchell and I went to Williamsville to see mom and dad, he always stopped by to say hello and we would catch up for a few minutes. He was a wonderful loving man and I know how much he loved his family. I know he will be missed by everyone that knew him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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