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Jack Wayne Dennis, 78, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Peoria, Ill., and Cadiz, Ky., died Monday, July 16, 2012, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles.
He was born Aug. 17, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, to Clyde Wayne and Geraldine Elizabeth Crosnoe Dennis.
Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Joanna Louise Caskey Dennis of St. Charles; a son, Clyde Reid Dennis (Christine) of Dunlap, Ill.; a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Dennis (Scott Turpin) of St. Peters, Mo; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Karen Nell Flowers of Leoma, Tenn.
Jack was a 1951 graduate of Central High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict.
In June 1954 he entered the reserves and began studying engineering at Southeast Missouri State University, and finished the program in 1956. He went on to earn a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1959, where he was a member of Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor fraternities. Jack earned a master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He worked 32 years at Caterpillar Inc. Technical Center in Mossville, Ill., primarily in Diesel engine research and development, holding various supervisory and management positions.
He was active in Boy Scouts, serving as neighborhood commissioner, Cub pack leader, scoutmaster, district training chairman and council training chairman. Jack received the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Award, and was a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He served on various training staffs and was course director for junior leader training and wood badge courses.
In 1995 he retired from Caterpillar and moved with his wife to Cadiz, where he was active in volunteer organizations, was a Big Brother, did tax counseling for the elderly under the VITA/TCE program, and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, having served as a coxswain, a vessel examiner and a flotilla Commander.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Women's Care Center Peoria in Peoria.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.