|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1918|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 2010|
The News Times
Newport, OR 97365
Posted: Wednesday, Mar 10th, 2010
Everette E. Dennis Sr.
Everette E. Dennis Sr., 91, of Toledo, Ore., died Feb. 5, 2010.
He was born March 7, 1918 in Portland, Ore. to Oscar E. Dennis and Edna Mae Johnson Dennis, both from Oregon pioneer families. His paternal grandfather and sister came to Oregon in 1859, sailing from New York and crossing the Isthmus of Panama prior to the building of the canal. Two years later, their parents arrived traveling over land via covered wagon and settled at Brooks, near Salem.
He attended high school in Eddyville and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, forerunner of the U.S. Air Force, in 1939 and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant in military intelligence in the Pacific Theater. In 1941, he married Kathryn Platt Dennis, also a fourth-generation Oregonian. After the war, he joined the Oregon State Employment Commission in Portland and was part of the team that wrote the Dictionary of Occupations, focusing on jobs in the timber industry. It was later adopted by the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 1946, he moved to Toledo with his wife and family. He worked first for the employment service and subsequently in logging and sawmills before setting up his own painting business in the late 1950s. He served as commander of the Lincoln County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans several times and was post adjutant and treasurer at the time of his death. He was a familiar fixture each spring when he sold the signature forget-me-nots to raise money for the DAV. He also helped organize the annual Eddyville homecoming picnic for many years.
He was especially proud of his children and their remarkable educational achievement that included a Ph.D., three master's degrees, four bachelor's degrees, an architecture degree and an associate degree. He was present in 2002 when his son, Everette, who served as dean of the University of Oregon School of Journalism, was inducted into the Oregon Journalism Hall of Achievement.
After retirement in the 1980s, he and his wife traveled widely, including trips to London, Boston, Montreal, Washington D.C. and several trips to New York City. He was in New York in October 2009, where he visited the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid museum and its collection of World War II aircraft.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Kathryn Platt Dennis.
He is survived by six children, Everette Dennis, Jr. of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Melvin Dennis of New York, N.Y., Barbara Thornburg of Bend, Ore., Donna Dennis, of Portland, Ore., Patricia McCarthy of Corvallis and Marj Dennis of Corvallis; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, at the American Legion Hall, 424 W. Olive St. in Newport. He will be buried at Yachats Memorial Park following the memorial service.
Note: "Yachats" is pronounced "Ya-hots".
Oscar Eugene Dennis (1883 - 1944)
Edna May Johnston Dennis (1891 - 1927)
Kathryn Marie Platt Dennis (1920 - 2005)*
Marjorie Elaine Dennis (1958 - 2012)*
Edna May Dennis Correia (1915 - 2006)**
Everette E. Dennis (1918 - 2010)
Yachats Memorial Park
Maintained by: Beth Devin Marsau
Originally Created by: Mary Taylor
Record added: Mar 11, 2010
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~ A Nation salutes you for your service to our great country ~ I thank you for my freedom ~ I was born on your 47th birthday ~ rest in Heavenly peace sir ~|
Added: Nov. 1, 2012
My grandpa was in the Army Air Corps, too. Thank you for your service to our beloved country, sir. Rest in peace.|
Added: Jun. 14, 2012