July 29th, 2020
Kenneth M. Dennison, 70, of Unionville, PA passed away on July 24, 2020. He was born in Springfield, OH to Kenneth and Mary Dennison. He served in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War and graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science. He was the first member of his family to attend university and believed deeply in the value of education, a value which he passed to his children. He completed his MBA at Bowling Green State University and he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Wyeth, where he held a variety of positions as a sales executive. He moved several times with his family throughout his career before settling in southeastern Pennsylvania.
He lived fully, with passions for food, travel, fishing, running and music, and keen interests in science and civil war history. He was a talented guitar player and vocalist, a love shared in many a jam session with friends and family over the years. He was a lifelong runner, completing multiple marathons in younger years. He was a loyal OSU alum and avid fan of Buckeye football. He was also deeply spiritual, an active member of St. Malachy’s parish and a believer in the positive power of meditation. His daily practice of gratitude brought him much joy in retirement, a gift which he shared with others through his volunteer work.
Family was the heart of his life; he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth L. Dennison, and sister, Linda Guerra. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Phyllis Dennison; children, Kirsten Dennison (Stephen), Scott Dennison (Shari), Matt Dennison (Heeyeon), Beth Dennison (Alex); mother, Mary Dennison; brother, Gary Dennison; sister, Kathie Dennison; beloved grandchildren, Oscar, Sylvern and Neko; and many dear friends.
His service and burial will be private at the convenience of the family, donations may be made in his honor to the Catholic Charities Appeal of the Philadelphia Archdiocese https://catholiccharitiesappeal.org/ or the Chester County Food Bank, chestercountyfoodbank.org (select tribute giving option), 650 Pennsylvania Drive, Exton, PA 19341 by mail.
An open letter from Phyllis:
Ken loved you all. His sudden death is surreal. I am so grateful he expressed his wishes to me recently, as we had lost several loved ones of late. It was his wish to have a private family service. Of course, this coronavirus cloud has impacted all our lives and plans. We treasure the memories and hope for all to find serenity in knowing that Ken lived life to the fullest every day. He would want you to know that on his last day he ran his last mile in 8 minutes and 41 seconds. He couldn’t have been more happy, joyous, and free. May his soul rest in peace with his God and his spirit continue to live in you.