January 23, 2001, Tuesday, Five Star Lift Edition Copyright 2001 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch January 23, 2001, Tuesday, Five Star Lift Edition
(ST LOUIS, Missouri) -- Lt. Ernest Howard "Denny" Dennison Jr., a retired Missouri highway patrolman and senior Olympian, died Saturday (Jan. 20, 2001) of respiratory failure at All Saints Acute Care Center in Bridgeton. He was 88 and a resident of Ellisville.
Mr. Dennison began his career as a Missouri highway patrolman in 1937 in Kirkwood and served in Unionville, Hannibal, Macon and St. Louis. He attained the rank of sergeant in 1946 and lieutenant in 1953.
Mr. Dennison retired to Sarasota, Fla., in 1972 after 35 years of service. He returned to St. Louis in 1998.
Mr. Dennison competed throughout the United States and Canada in Senior Olympics and other athletic competitions from 1988 to 1999.
During that time he won 170 gold medals, 48 silver and 16 bronze. He ha d competed in the shot put, discus, javelin and 25-pound weight throw.
Mr. Dennison set a new U.S. Senior Olympics record in the shot put in St. Louis in the June 1989 national competition.
He also set a Canadian record in the Canadian Senior Olympics in the 25-pound weight throw in Regina, Saskatchewan, in July 1992.
A native of Missouri, Mr. Dennison attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, now known as Truman State University; Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.; and the International Police Academy at Northwestern University.
Mr. Dennison was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manchester, Sons of the American Revolution and the Masonic Lodge of Hannibal, Mo.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today with funeral services immediately following at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 9876 St. Peters Road near Arenzville, Ill. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Among survivors are his wife of 69 years, Lena Hammer Dennison; a daughter, Anita Dennison Johnson of Dallas; two sons, Randle Dennison of Chesterfield and Larry Dennison of Creve Coeur; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 9876 St. Peters Road, Arenzville, Ill. 62611; or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 327 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, Mo. 63011.