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Dennis L. Gilkison

November 20, 1946 - November 6, 2018

A funeral service will be held at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Hope Cemetery, Texas Township. Visiting hours will take place on Friday at the funeral home from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions in Denny’s memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation or the American Diabetes Association, c/o the funeral home.

Age 71, passed away at Borgess Medical Center on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Denny was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 20, 1946, the son of the late Harry and Thelma (Joslen) Gilkison. He was a 1964 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Denny was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping and was a master mechanic. He also loved to spend time with his family. Denny is survived by his wife, Lorena “Rena” M. (Chapman) Gilkison; children, Scott (Ruth-Ann) Gilkison, Teresa (Joe) Venuto and Betsy (Shane) Denham; step-children, Michael (Julie) and Barbara (Jeff) O’Grady; grandchildren, Tara (Brandon) Deuling, Cody, Lacey and Gabbrielle Kobza and Evelyn, Elena and Ean Dehnam; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dale, Donna (Paul) and Dawn. He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Ruthie L. (Bowman) Gilkison in 2000.