Dennis D. “Cracker” Halsey, 69, passed away peacefully at 9:40 pm on March 15 at his home.
Dennis was born April 17, 1946 in Blessing Hospital to Lester and Mildred Halsey. Dennis married his beloved, Carol Aden on December 27th, 1980. She survives.
Dennis was a 1964 graduate of Unity High School in Mendon, Ill. Dennis enjoyed many successful years on the baseball diamond at second base and on the hardcourt as a point guard, staying close with many classmates. After graduation, Dennis found employment at Motorola. When Motorola departed, Dennis came home to work at the Mendon Farm Center. After closing, Dennis moved across the street to Neil Oil Company where he retired in April 2015.
As a valued member of the community Dennis was a trustee for the Mendon Fire Department, member of the sportsman club and a chartered member of Arrowhead Heights golf course. Dennis was also a member of the Loraine Methodist Church.
It was hard to tell what transportation Dennis loved more, his tractors or his golf cart. Dennis grew up on the family farm with his two siblings, a place he loved dearly. Then his love turned to golf, where he found true friends who he worshipped, always. Other passions arose later in life. From visiting used cars lots on a cold winter day to admiring the athletic talents of his grandsons.
Dennis never met a stranger. With a wonderful sense of humor, Dennis always had a joke to tell and a smile to give.
Dennis is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Jeff) Dworak, his sons Tommy (Tammy) Davis and Todd Davis, four grandchildren, Madilyn Dworak, Lynsey (Tim) Wombles, Lane Davis, Dustin Davis, one great grandchild, Amaya Jo Wombles, one sister, Barbara Lawler and one brother, Kent (Dina) Halsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law, Wayne Shank and Richard Lawler.
Memorial services will be 6:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon with Reverend Connie Jenkins Officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be held at a later date. Memorial Visitation will take place from 3:30 until 6:30 on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon. In Lieu of flowers the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the Unit 4 Foundation. You are invited to share memories and leave condolences at www.hunterfuneralhomes.com