Leonard Dennison

April 14, 1933 ‒ May 29, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio

Leonard “Gorgeous” Dennison, 84, of Centerburg died Monday afternoon, May 29, 2017 at Knox Community Hospital. He was born April 14, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Leo and Esther (Weiner) Dennison.

Leonard didn’t know a stranger. He loved people and talking to them.  He especially loved talking to people about the bible.  He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 27 years.

Leonard had many interests. Some of his loves were coffee, animals, auctions, the New York Yankees and a good cream soda.  Out of all of these things though, Leonard loved his family and being with them the most.  And although we are all saddened and will miss him, Leonard would tell us “Don’t be sad….It’s just around the corner”.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Janice (Miller) Dennison; children, Lewis, Andrew, Allen (Sallynda), Mathieu (Kait), Dennis (Jaimi), Janna, Micah (Britney), Seth (Carly) and Jonathan (Mallory) Dennison. True to his word he never divulged which one was the ugly one. He is also survived by a brother, Saul (Ellen) Dennison, numerous grandchildren and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by a brother, Phil Berman and a son, Billy.

The family will receive friends before and after the memorial service which is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 189 Mansfield Rd., Mount Vernon.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting, www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Leonard Dennison.

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  • So sorry to hear brother Dennison passed.

    I always enjoyed his comments about boyhood as a Jewish son. He knew how to make everyone laugh, while at the same time showing the wastefulness of old traditions.

    He’s not forgotten, just asleep. Sometimes people get worn down in life, but Jehovah God knows their inner heart. Soon he will call, & they will answer.

    We look forward to the resurrection in a peaceful Earth.

    Rest in peace Leonard!
    Rita Miller

  • With the death of Leonard there will be a sadness in our hearts, but we look forward to his resurrection when we can get to know him in health and with his youthful vigor!
    He has always been special to our family, endearing himself to all who knew him. Our prayers and love are with the whole family at this time and as they face the challenges ahead. May peace and strength come from their relationship with our God, Jehovah. May they draw closer together in support especially of Jan (his wife) since her life has been full with his love for many years and will be greatly missed.

  • Dear Jan and family:

    We mourn with you the loss of Leonard. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, faith, love and devotion to his family.

    May Jehovah comfort you. We look forward to the day when our tears of sorrow will be turned into tears of joy welcoming him back in the resurrection to a paradise earth in good health.

    “Praised be the God…of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials.” (2 Cor. 1:3,4)

    May our hope of the resurrection bring you comfort during this difficult time.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Warm Christian Love,
    Bette, David and Kim Merriman

  • I remember Brother Dennison giving me a ride around the vicinity of Ohio a few years ago, and I can honestly say his kindness is taken for granted in this day and age, and I wish I could have become more acquainted with him. He was very meek and couldn’t hurt a fly, his knowledge of the Bible and of Yiddish were extensive. Trying to remember the languages that Yiddish was based on was tricky for me, but it rolled off his tongue very fluently, and he was very forgiving of my untrained mind and weak memory. He even helped me to remember a few things I taught myself from bilingual Hebrew/English dictionaries and grammar books, such as 80-90 per cent of the Hebrew vocabulary being almost extinct today. I await to see him again in Paradise to learn more from him and to exchange updates. Any animosities and undue impoliteness are a distant memory, and even I for my part should apologize. We will miss you, “Lenny”.

    “Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to senseless ones, I am a debtor…”

    “But he is a Jew who is one on the inside, and his circumcision is that of the heart by spirit and not by a written code. That person’s praise comes from God, not from people.”

    (Romans 1:14; 2:29)

    “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.”

    (Galatians 3:28)

    “And after the 62 weeks, Mes·siʹah will be cut off, with nothing for himself….”

    (Daniel 9:26a)

    “They have built the high places of Toʹpheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinʹnom, in order to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, something that I had not commanded and that had never even come into my heart.”

    (Jeremiah 7:31, also 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:17-37; Hosea 13:14; 1 Corinthians 15:26, 55; Galatians 3:24; Hebrews 10:4)

  • Jan and Family,
    I knew Lenny about 40 years ago – clearly another lifetime. He was a major influence on my life. I first ate at the Vaudeville Deli after Thanksgiving, 1972. He asked my roommate and I if we needed a job. I did. The next day I was washing dishes and peeling beef tongues. When I graduated in May, 1973 Lenny made me a counter-man/manager at the Hill St deli.

    I met wonderful people, and learned how to supervise/manage. Lenny treated everyone with respect, and most everyone loved him. He knew the local radicals and musicians and foodies. He arranged weekend nights where singer/guitar players would come to the Vaudeville to play. A bottle of an adult beverage was passed, and eventually Lenny asked everyone to “Play Melancholy Baby for me.”

    I am grateful that a couple of years ago I connected with Lenny and Jan. When I was in the Columbus area on business the three of us got together. It was so nice to reconnect with someone that played such an important role in my life and the lives of many others. And he stayed a big fan of Michigan football. Ya gotta like that!