Richard R. ‘Dick’ Dennis


Richard R. “Dick” Dennis, 80, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. He was a resident of Franklin.

He was born in Indianapolis on Nov. 8, 1934, to his parents, Martin L. and Emma M. Krueger Dennis.

He is survived by his wife, Doris (Dee) Burgett Dennis of Franklin; seven children, Gina Howson-Fisher, Richard (Kathy) Dennis Jr., Gregory Dennis, Kelly (Debbie Asher) Dennis, Steven Dennis, Jennifer (Tim) Rand and Danielle Dennis. His grandchildren are JJ (Tonya), Brad (Amy) and Miranda Howson, Logan Carter, and Trent Dennis, Daniel, Ryan and Kayla Lessley. His great-grandchildren are Tyler McDonald, Stailey, Quinton, Claire and June Howson, and Alley, Bailey, Aidan and Sofia Lessley. His stepsons are Gregory, Ronald and Michael Burgett. His stepgrandchildren are Anthony, Tyler, Derrick, Daniel and Olivia Burgett. His also is survived by a brother, Thomas (Dorothy) Dennis of Greenwood.

Preceding him in passing were his parents; brothers Jim, Bob and Charles Dennis; sisters, Mary Bailey and Betty Lawrence; and children, Martin and Martine Dennis.

Richard worked for many years in various professions in the banking, insurance and real estate industries.

He was involved with and made many contributions to numerous organizations throughout his life, including serving as past master of Nineveh Masonic Lodge, past worthy patron of the Nineveh Order of the Eastern Star, past president of Johnson County Shrine Club, past president of High 12 Club, and member of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine Temple and Highlanders.

At age 64, Richard began playing the bagpipes and derived much pleasure from performing in many parades, including the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Richard enjoyed traveling throughout North America in their motor home.

He was a man of great wisdom and had a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The family would like to give special recognition to Homeview Center, Memory Care Unit station 2 staff, for the outstanding quality of care given to Richard during the course of his stay.

In Richard’s memory, his wife, Doris, requests donations be made to the Indiana University Alzheimer’s Disease Center or the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation.

A celebration of life will be conducted at a later date.