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Morton - Burell Eugene "Gene" Dennis, 83, of Morton, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
He was born April 13, 1932, in rural Enfield, Ill., to William and Bessie (Hosick) Dennis. He married Rosa Lee McMahon on Nov. 15, 1952, in Mount Vernon, Ill. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2007. He also was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are his daughter, Eugenia "Jeanie" Dennis of Morton and her companion, Tom Hasselbacher; three grandsons, Justin Clark (Sarah Konsky) of Oak Park, Ill., Jeffrey (Melinda) Clark of Morton, and Jared Clark of Minonk; three great-grandchildren, Jonah, Bennett, and Elena; his former son-in-law, Chris Clark of Morton; and Gene's companion, Louise Haning of Morton.
He was a Korean War United States Army veteran.
Gene worked for the Village of Morton for more than 30 years, retiring in 1989 as the superintendent of the Gas and Water Department.
He was a member and past Commander of Morton American Legion Post 318 and the 40 et 8 veterans organization. He also was a member of Morton Masonic Lodge 352 AF & AM, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5921 in Morton.
Gene was a lifetime member of Kennel Lake Sportsman's Club in Morton and enjoyed fishing and putting on fish fries for friends and family.
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and University of Illinois fan.
Gene loved sitting in his chair watching the squirrels and rabbits.
He was a wonderful husband, father, companion, grandfather, and was known as "Old Papa" to his great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Further visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the funeral home, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jeff Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where full military rites will be conducted by the United States Army and Tazewell Military Rites Team.


Memorials may be made to the Veterans Memorial Fund in care of Morton Community Foundation for the veterans memorial to be built in the downtown plaza.