Dennis was born Aug. 25, 1922, in Newberry, Ind., the son of Dora Frank and Dessie Laverne (Thomas) Swayze. He graduated from Linton High School with the class of 1940. After high school, he served in the Seebees, a branch of the United States Navy, during WWII. He married Carolyn Hilburn March 31, 1946, who preceded him in death in 2003.
When he returned from the war, he went to Indiana State Teacher's College and later to Indiana University to receive his Masters degree in education. Dennis taught Industrial Arts at Marshall High School, Marshall, Ill., Martinsville Junior and Senior High Schools, Martinsville, Ind., and retired from Lawrence Central High School, Lawrence, Ind.
Dennis was a man who enjoyed working with his hands. From building homes to making children's toys to gardening, big or small, he enjoyed doing them all. More important than all of these was teaching his family about having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and trying to lead by example.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; wife Carolyn Elizabeth Swayze; sister Maudie Callahan; and two brothers Frank and Richard Swayze.
Dennis is survived by his children: Richard Swayze (Kathryn) of Davison, Michigan, Michael Swayze of Coal City, and Lynette Whittington (Rick) of Coal City; grandchildren: Clayton Burrus (Angie), Toni Swayze, Erin Marshall (Benjamin), Kurt Swayze, Andrew Whittington (Nisha), Grant Swayze (Brittany), Abby Swayze, Gail Swayze, Anna Swayze, and Alex Swayze; great grandchildren: Mason Tuttle, Noah Burrus, Colin Marshall, Keagan Marshall, and Jakob Ley.
Services will be conducted at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home in Clay City, Friday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. with the memorial service being led by Pastors Tim Williams and Richard Throckmorton.
Burial will follow at Beech Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday, from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Gideons International. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.