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“So sad to hear of Kenneth's illness and passing. But I know he is feeling no more pain and is with our Lord and Savior. Kenneth and Mary Jane are...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Debbie Post MacMillan and family - OK

“I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. It was such a pleasure to have Ken & Mary Jane as our new neighbors enjoying morning walks and joining in...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Bea Reilley - Austin, TX

“Prayers are with the Dennis Family. Jennifer...know that the pain and struggle are over for your DAD and he is an ANGEL looking down today and his...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Vickie Kollaja

“Dearest Dennis Family, We want to express our deepest sympathies to each of you in the loss of your beloved husband, dad, and granddaddy. We are...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: David and Patti Nance

“Mary Jane, Jennifer, Spencer and John and families: My heart goes out to all of you with Ken's passing. We have shared many wonderful times here...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Peggy Post - Houston, Texas, TX

“John and family, I am so sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Vickie Smith - Springfield, IL

“Mary Jane,so sad to see Kenneth obituary in our paper. I pray that God be with you and your children @ this time. Always ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Fontella (Kidney) Williams - OK

“Dear Mary Jane, How sad I was to see Ken's obituary in this morning's Chronicle. We shared some good times with you and Ken for a long, long time,...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Pat Stone - Houston, TX

Kenneth "Ken" R. Dennis, 81, of Austin, Texas, died March 11, 2011 at his home following a brief battle against leukemia and a 4-year struggle against Alzheimer's.
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Mary Jane (Spencer) Dennis; his daughter, Jennifer Rodriguez; his son, Spencer Dennis; his son, John Dennis and his wife Alicia; grandchildren Kenneth, Claire and Addie Rodriguez; Charlie Dennis; Charlotte and Lillian Dennis; Morgan and Hope Booksh; and Shane and Luke Dennis; as well as 7 nieces, 2 nephews, brother-in-law James O. Spencer and his wife Joyce; and sister-in-law Fannie Dennis. He is preceded in death by his parents Ernest Arthur Dennis and Edith Edna Simmons Dennis; brothers Lawrence, Ernest and Charles; and sisters Arlene and Margaret.

He was born on March 1, 1930 in Tecumseh, Okla. He attended Tecumseh High School and Oklahoma Baptist University, receiving a bachelor of science in business. He met his wife, Mary Jane Spencer, when they were students in high school and they served on the student council together. They married on August 12, 1955. He honorably served his country in the United States Army in active duty from 1951 until 1953, and served in the Army Reserves until 1956. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Commendation Medal.

He was a member, Sunday school teacher and deacon at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Tx.

As a businessman, he took pride in his work, starting his career at Farmers & Merchants Bank and moving to Federal National Bank before committing to Conoco Inc., leading the company through progressive changes for 28 years. He retired in 1985. Throughout his life, he enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, fishing, and watching his sons and the Spurs play basketball. He was greatly loved and will be missed for his integrity and kindness.

Donations in his memory can be made to a favorite charity or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin, officiated by family friend, Rev. Krista Gregory.