Bernard George Dennison passed away January 1, 2018. He was born July 12, 1924, in Hannibal, NY, to Harvey and Ruth (Parker) Dennison. He attended a one room, one teacher, 1st-8th grade school and then attended Hannibal High. After graduation, he worked on his family farm until he entered the U.S. Army during WWII. Bernie served in Italy as an infantryman in the 1st Armored Division and then, in the Korean War, as an infantryman in the 2nd Division.
Between the wars, in 1948, he married the love of his life, Vivian (Kohler) Dennison of Solvay in the Syracuse area. They became parents of four children: Louis, Lorraine, Ross, and Jim, and were happily married for nearly 70 years. They continued to live in the Syracuse area until moving to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1968. Bernie worked as a cabinet maker and carpenter in both Syracuse and the Santa Ynez Valley/Santa Barbara area. The Dennisons also owned and operated the Pee Wee Miniature Golf Course in Solvang during the 1970's and 1980's.
After retirement, he enjoyed working with wood in his own workshop and researching family genealogies. He also enjoyed traveling in their RV with the Escape RV club. Bernie is fondly remembered for his contagious smile, joyful heart, wit, and sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Vivian, his son Louis (& Rose) Dennison, his daughter Lorraine Anthony, his sister-in-law Joan Dennison, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by sons Ross and Jim, sister Gladys, brother Victor, sister Helen, and brother Luther. Bernie will be greatly missed but we rejoice that he is at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Funeral Services were held Saturday January 6, 2018 at Loper Funeral Chapel in Ballard. Graveside interment with Military Honors followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.