Dennis Fleet, 86


Dennis Fleet, 86, of Pana, formerly of Nokomis, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at 7:05 a.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Pana.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Kennedy and Sons Funeral Home in Pana is assisting the family.

Mr. Fleet was born April 7, 1934, in Arlington Heights, the son of William Paul and Luretta Lucille (Ernst) Fleet. He married Betty Ann Walter on Sept. 2, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pana, and she survives.

Raised in the Fillmore/Bingham area, he attended Country Grade School and Ramsey High School, where he graduated with the class of 1952. He worked for Mallory Timers in Pana and later farmed. In 2002, he retired from International Paper in Shelbyville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Rick) Mathias of Mechanicsburg and Frances (Jerry) Schmitz of Nokomis; sons, Paul (Laura) Fleet of Pana and John Fleet of Nokomis; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Eloise Bosler and Shirley Akridge; and two siblings who died in infancy.

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