Dennis James Francis Sr., 88, passed away on March 4, 2019 at Kahl Home in Davenport, IA. Dennis is formerly from Bartlett, IL. He was born April 22, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Thomas and Kathleen (Cowley) Francis.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Kathleen Francis; wife, Blossom M. (Karlovsky), brothers, Dean and Patrick; daughter, Sandra Prindle; son, Paul and grandson, Ryan
Dennis is survived by his son, Dennis Jr. (Roya); grand children, Kristin Prindle, Lauren Prindle and Kelsey Francis
Dennis grew up in Sandwich, IL where he graduated from high school in 1948. He entered the US Army in 1950 and was honorably discharged. Following the service, he graduated from the Freight Traffic Institute of Chicago and began working for the Burlington Northern RR where he met and married Blossom Karlovsky on February 14th, 1953. They went on to raise their 3 children, Sandra, Dennis Jr, and Paul and remained married until Blossom's death in 1996. During this time, he was very active in the American Legion and AMVETS where he was served as commander for both. An avid Bulls and Bears fan, he enjoyed all types of sports.
In 1957 he began his long career with the Quaker Oats company and in 1992 he retired from Quaker as Customer Service Manager after 35 years of service. In retirement he traveled abroad and split his time between the Chicago area and Spring Hill, Florida. In 2015 he moved to Iowa to be near his son Dennis.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 8, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry Street, Sandwich, IL. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Bernie Sehr officiating. Interment to follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk, IL.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beverage Family Funeral Homes. www.beveragefamilyfh.com