Franklin M. Dennis

March 17, 1918 ‒ March 31, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Franklin M. Dennis, age 98, of Marion, died peacefully on Thursday evening, March 31, 2016, at the Kingston Residence.

On March 17, 1918, Franklin was born in Butler, Ohio, one of two children of the late George and Lillian (McClure) Dennis.  He graduated from Mt. Gilead High School.

Shortly following graduation, Franklin enlisted to serve his beloved country in the United States Navy, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He served aboard many battleships, most significantly the USS Maryland.

Franklin married his first wife, Wanda Rose, in 1942.  Together they lovingly raised two children: Carmen and Lawrence.  She preceded him in death on April 6, 1969.

Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Franklin began working at the Whirlpool Corporation in Marion.  He worked there as a supervisor for twenty five years, until his retirement in 1979.

A man of deep faith, Franklin was member of the Green Camp United Methodist Church in Green Camp.  He also served as a council member in Cardington, where he also served on as a trustee for their cemeteries.  He was a member of the American Legion of Cardington, and of the USS Maryland Association.

Getting a second chance at love, Franklin and Martha Loyer were married on October 7, 1972, in Waldo.  They shared a special relationship for thirty seven years.  She preceded him in death on March 27, 2010.

Left to cherish his memory are his two children: Carmen Bagley and Lawrence (Lucy Ely Pagan) Dennis; grandchildren: Mollie (Dan) Bangert, Mark (Kim) Dennis and Bryon (Nicole) Dennis; uncle of: Bob Huddle and Susan Merlock.

Including his wives and parents, Franklin was preceded in death by his sister, Maribelle Huddle and granddaughter Julie Bagley.

His family will greet friends from Tuesday April 5, 2016 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM.  Services honoring his life will also be held there on Wednesday at 10AM with Pastor Josh Freshour officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Franklin’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • I am glad that he was able to see all his family before the end. His children show how great a life he lived. Sorry that I wasn’t able to make the funeral.

  • I am so glad I was able to communicate with your dad the past six months
    Thanks, Carmen for having me contact him. We had some nice
    conversations He surely was an active Cardington resident.
    My deepest sympathy to you. He passed away on the anniversary
    of my father’s death.

    My loving condolences.

    • Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with dad. He really appreciated it so much. It is always nice to know people remember you.

  • Carmen and Lawrence,

    I am so very sorry about your Dad’s passing. Some of my favorite memories are the things your Mom and Dad did for me while Carmen and I were roommates. They have a special place in my memory that can’t be filled by anyone else. May he rest in peace.


  • Carmen & Lawrence, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to lose a parent. Hugs to you.

  • Carmen & Lawrence:
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Ling and I are sending all the prayers to you with positive energy. Love

  • Lawrence & Family:
    I want to send my deepest condolences for the loss of your father. I know how hard is to lose a father, but you have to keep the memories and remember how fortunate to have had a father for such a long time; 98 years!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Hugs from your family in Puerto Rico

  • Lawrence, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to lose a parent. Hugs to you all!
    – your friend from Vermont

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We send you and your whole family lots of love… please, keep the memories close to your heart, your father will always be there with you!
    Hugs from Kiko, Blanca, Andrés y Lucía
    (your family from Puerto Rico)

  • I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. When I was little my Mom & Dad, Jim & Marie Fate, would always visit your family in Cardington. I can remember when my mom got the call about your mother passing away. I always remembered your dad so well. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Dear Tío Lawrence and Carmen:

    Do not worry, because your father is now with God and he will always be happy, like the Bible says. 🙂

    from Andrés, 8 years old – Puerto Rico