Wayne “Buck” “Dob” Lester Dennis, 79, Neenah, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center under the care of Prairie Home Assisted Living after bravely fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s dementia.
Wayne was born in Appleton on November 21, 1940, the son of Thorton “Duke” and Ella (Kemp) Dennis. On August 8, 1958, he married Fay Nelson in Dubuque, IA. Wayne and Fay made their home in Neenah where they raised their family. He was active in Suburban Athletics Little League and the Twin City Rod & Gun Club. Wayne was a dedicated and hard-worker, from the time he graduated high school, until the day he retired he worked as a mechanic for Bergstrom Paper which later became P.H. Glatfelter. In addition to being an avid Packers, Badgers and Brewers fan, he was a skilled mechanic and talented woodworker, there was very little he couldn’t repair or create. He loved pheasant and deer hunting, fishing, sturgeon spearing, boating, snowmobiling, and gardening. He also enjoyed watching cooking, outdoor and sporting shows but most of all, he valued time with his family and friends. Wayne and Fay enjoyed their time together at the family cabin in Park Falls as well.
Wayne will be remembered for his gift of conversation, storytelling, his sense of humor and hospitality for whenever friends, family or neighbors would stop by to visit. His favorite spot was the screened-in garage where he could lookout over Lake Winnebago.
Wayne is survived by his wife of over 60 years Fay, three sons: Scott (Rebecca) of Freedom; Alan (Mimi), Henderson, NV; Jeff (Pam) Dennis, Las Vegas, NV; and one daughter, Kay (Steve) Bianchi of Clintonville. He is also survived by three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the House of Grace caregivers at Prairie Home Assisted Living in Menasha.
At Wayne’s request, there will be no services held. His cremated remains will be put to rest in some of his favorite places.