Dennis M. Suain

October 18, 1949 ‒ November 07, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dennis M. Suain, 71, of Mount Vernon, OH, died November 7, 2020 at OSU Wexner Medical Center after a long illness.

Dennis was born in Buffalo, NY October 18, 1949.  His family moved to Mount Vernon in 1950 before his first birthday.   He promptly got busy building his family a home.  They moved into said home before he turned three, but his recollections of building it himself were vivid.

He graduated from Mount Vernon High School then went on to attend the school of hard knocks. After dabbling in a few trades he settled on a career as an insurance adjuster. He worked as an independent adjuster until his retirement.

Dennis was an avid hot-rodder and loved spending time in the garage.  He was naturally drawn to anything mechanical and loved fixing things.  You could always count on him to prove you wrong if you said something was impossible.  He was also a fantastic cook.  Anyone fortunate enough to have had a piece of his secret family recipe fudge would agree.   He was quick to reprimand anyone who dared to eat his fudge “like candy”.  He loved racing and maybe above all other things, storytelling.  There wasn’t a topic that he couldn’t expand on and has written/published at least one book.

Dennis is survived by his son Andrew, granddaughter Daisy, sister Jackie Davidson (Jim), brother-in-law Jim Brown, beloved nieces and nephews Nick, Jon, Stacey, Sean and Tina, and an abundance of cousins and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father John (Jack) Suain, mother Merita (Mickey) Kraengel Suain, brother  Gregory,  sister Beth Suain-Brown and nephew Ben Brown.

Dennis was a very caring person, always looking out for others as well as himself.  He could act gruff, but he had a heart of gold.

In keeping with Dennis’ wishes, there will be no calling hours.  There will be a Celebration of Life service at a date to be announced.

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  • I’m so sorry to hear about Dennis. We worked many years together in zoning at Morris Township. Denny always had a great story and we enjoyed spending time around the table just talking. He will always hold a special place in our heart.
    Kathy and Mike Hathaway

  • So sorry to hear of Dennis passing. We got to know him because he was a good friend of my cousins in Mt Vernon. We took a motorcycle trip across lower Canada with Dennis several years ago. We also spent time with him riding 4 wheelers at the Wayne National Forest. Always a good time with him. A lot of great memories. His entire family has our deepest sympathy. Craig, Therese, and Haily Tyson, Piqua, Ohio.

  • My condolences to the family, Only met Dennis a few times, but knew him as a very nice guy!
    Dennis was my late wife’s first cousin, she shared many memories before she passed on.

  • So Sorry to all the Family for the Loss of Dennis. Dennis has been in my life since I have memory of anything. Dennis said many times he remembers me in the crib as a baby. Our Families were close, and grew up in the same neighborhood. Dennis helped me replace the motor in my first car after I blew it up. Den was more the age of my older brothers, but our interest in cars and mechanical things made us a little closer, from the go carts he built and would take me to the fairgrounds to drive around the race track, to the riding lawn mowers he souped up to ride wheelies across the yard. Jack would purchase a new mower at Wards (Mick worked there) and Den would work his Magic to make it go across the yard on the rear wheels. Don’t think Jack was to impressed but I sure was at age 10 -12. And the Corvair Ned and I helped him cut in half, welding it back together 3 feet shorter, running it in Shafer’s field doing wheelies. Den used to take me a lot in his 68 Camaro, I was quite impressed with his power shifting. From hanging out at the Kokosing River to fishing on the river bank. Den was always there for me trying to manage thru my teenage years and beyond. A trip to Las Vegas where we all rented motorcycles and rode to the Dam and Red Rock Canyon and a motorcycle trip trip across southern Canada to Niagara Falls. Den was Big D but after at trip to PIB he was also known to some as Big D Rapper. I could go on and on. We had so many Good times, I am truly going to Miss Him. Den had a Big Heart and did a lot for his Family. Den was the only one I know that owned a Marble Car. Dens Quality of Life probably wasn’t the best the past few years but you would not have known, he was always upbeat on the phone, answering “Paradise” ! Rest in Peace My Friend and I Hope You are in Paradise. You will Always be in Our Heart. Mike and Marcia Moore

  • Dennis was a friend for life. We advised a 4-H club, resurrected a school bus to take on fishing trips and spent a lot of time spinning stories. His mechanical abilities resulted in a cool hot rod.

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