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Fontanelle Observer

Derrol Dennis

Leesburg, Fla.

Col. (Ret.) Derrol LeRoy Dennis, 89, of Leesburg, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 24, 2019. He was born in Hot Springs, South Dakota, and moved to Fontanelle as a young boy. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1954. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force.

Derrol had a distinguished 30-year career in the Air Force, achieving the rank of Colonel. After his retirement from the Air Force, Derrol joined the Civil Service where he mapped cruise missile targets for the Navy. Derrol was married to Evelyn for 64 years.

Derrol was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother George, sister Colleen and his son David.

He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn; brother Dewey (Sue); sons, Randall (Becky), Allen and Daniel (Jane); grandchildren, Jason, Jeffery, Hannah, Emily, Danny and Dorothy and step-grandchild Tarek Noriega.

There will be a funeral for Derrol 1 p.m. March 9 at First United Methodist Church of Clermont, 950 7th St., in Clermont, Florida. Derrol will be interred April 5 at West Point, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kiwanis Club of Clermont, P.O. Box 120114, Clermont, FL 34712 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at

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