|Dennis Paul Grider, 78, of Abingdon, died at 7:24 am Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the Care Center of Abingdon, surrounded by his children.
He was born on January 5, 1931 in Spillertown, IL to Leo Adolphus and Laura Margaret (Mayberry) Grider, who both preceded him in death. He was the youngest of 8 children, and is survived by brothers Charles H. (Matilda) of Donahue, IA, Leo K. ("Pete") of Johnston City, IL, sister Eva Lorena of Jeffersonville, IN. He graduated from Marion High School, Marion, IL. Dennis was serving in the Navy and met his future wife Connie Rae McBride while he was on a date with her friend and told his mother that he had met the girl he was going to marry. Then after a brief long distance courtship, they were married while he was on leave from the Navy on December 20, 1953 in Springfield, IL. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2005.
Dennis is survived by his children, John Alan (and Amy) Grider of Williams Bay, WI, Paul "Jay" (and Andrea) Grider of East Peoria , IL , Ja'nice Rae (and Mike) Barrs of Algonquin, IL and Jenell Lee (and Bryan) Simpson of Abingdon, IL; 9 grandchildren, Abigail, Zach, Jenna, Erin, Ronnie, Olivia, Nathanial, Katy, Sincere; 1 great grandchild, Ava.
He had lived in Abingdon since 1958. He was a telephone service technician for GTE for 38 years. He coached Banty League Baseball, and had been a Cub Scout Den Leader with Dorothy Faralli. He was a 51 year member of the Abingdon American Legion Post #381 and was involved in starting bingo there. He always enjoyed a good card game, trips to Las Vegas, the riverboat and horseracing.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Mrs. Eleanor Landon will officiate. Burial will be in the Abingdon Cemetery with Military Rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to Abingdon Banty League, John Mosser Public Library or the Ronald McDonald House.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.