Carl Anderson Dennis of Kenai died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with his wife, "Dodie," by his side. He was 86.
At his request, no local services are planned. His cremated remains will be inurned in the Arlington National Cemetery among his comrades in the spring of next year.
Mr. Dennis was born Sept. 18, 1917, in Meridian, Miss. He lived in Louisiana for most of his childhood until he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. His military travels brought him and his twin brother, Charlie, to Fort Richardson in 1941. It was during this time that he met and married Dora Jane Longacre, the love of his life for 62 years.
His passion to serve his country continued throughout his life. He retired as a major in 1957 and returned with his family to Anchorage to finish raising his four children and live the dream of every outdoorsman.
In the latter years of his life he lived not only in Alaska but in California and Washington, as well. He and his wife moved back to Alaska in December 2003.
Mr. Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Carl (Bill) Dennis Jr. of Kenai.
He is survived by his wife, Dora "Dodie" Jane Longacre; children, Carole Dennis Morrison of Portland, Ore., Patricia Porter of Kenai and Victoria Husa of Kirkland, Wash.
Mr. Dennis had a lifelong passion for the Shriners and the family requests any remembrances should be made to the Shriners Childrens' Hospital care of Al Aska Shrine Temple, 1930 E. Northern Lights, Anchorage, AK 99508.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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