Robert I. Dennis, 83, died September 24, 2011, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City.
Robert I. Dennis, 83, died September 24, 2011, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. He was born on June 1, 1928 at Garden City, the son of Robert I. and Mabel (Sims) Dennis, Sr.
Robert attended elementary school in Bucklin and graduated from Dodge City High School in 1946. Mr. Dennis served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948 on aircraft carrier USS Rendova. He then graduated from Dodge City Community College in 1950. Mr. Dennis then sold farm machinery and implements for twenty years. He married Ramona Powell at the Ford Methodist Church on April 6, 1952. In 1969, he went back to school and graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1971. Robert taught mathematics in Dodge City Junior High School for twenty years. After retiring, he was a substitute teacher at Dodge City High School for sixteen years until he lost his eyesight.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dodge City and served in various capacities such as a CertifiedLay Speaker, District Council on Ministries, Bible Study teacher, and many, many years as a Sunday School teacher. Robert was also a member of Howard Gotschall Post #1714 of V.F.W. of Dodge City, Kansas Association of Retired Teachers and local Association of Retired Teachers, past member of Optimist Club, charter member and past President of Gunsmoke Toastmasters Club, the American Legion, and member of Board of Directors of United Methodist Mexican American Ministries where he served as Chairman of the Board from 1978 to 2004. Upon retiring from the Chairman’s position, he was honored with a dinner and presented with a plaque, which is now on the Mexican American Ministries building at 1700 Avenue F, Dodge City, and states “In Honor of Robert I. Dennis, United Methodist Mexican American Ministries Board Chair, 1978 – 2004.” Robert continued to serve on the Board and on the local Advisory Board.
Mr. Dennis is survived by his wife, Ramona Dennis of Dodge City and one daughter, Kelly Dennis of Eureka Springs, AR.
Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Dodge City on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Lance Carrithers presiding. Burial will follow at Ford Cemetery in Ford. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from noon to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Mexican American Ministies Robert Dennis Fund in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.