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Ralph Dennis

Apr 29th, 1934 - Feb 12th, 2024

Funeral Ceremony: 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Frank and Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home


      Ralph E. Dennis, age 89, of Flora, Illinois, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side on Monday, February 12, 2024.

      He was born on April 29, 1934, in rural Flora, the son of Chlorus Edward and Leona Belle (Watson) Dennis.

      Ralph married the love of his life, Ruth Marie Cox, on December 15, 1955, in Salem, embarking on a journey together that spanned 68 years.

      He was a member of the Community Southern Baptist Church of Clay City.  He was a farmer, a bus driver for many years, and later worked with Southern Illinois Lumber Company and then Flora Lumber Company until retirement.

      Ralph’s biggest pride and joy was his family.  In addition to his wife Marie, he is survived by his children: David (Barbara) Dennis of Flora, Edward (Nancy) Dennis of Salem, Randy (Shirely) Dennis, of Flora, Gary (Jennifer) Dennis of Flora, Lori (Mark) Antrim of Marshall, and Kendra (John) Firek of Algonquin.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren: Scott (Cynthia) Dennis, Nathan Dennis, Brian Dennis, Jodi (Gary) Showalter, Jessica (Giles) Mann, Cody Antrim, Blake (Kory) Antrim, Sophie Firek, and Maggie Firek; 3 Bonus Grandchildren: William (Laura) Crowe, Pam (Steve) Frye, and Dustin (JoAnna) Spicer; 12 great-grandchildren; 6 bonus great-grandchildren; sister: Linda (Richard) Wiegel of Clay City; sister-in-law: Erma (Jack) Keele of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; brother-in-law: John Cox of Flora; brother-in-law: Vernon (Ruth) Cox of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

      Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law: Thurman and Ovie Cox; sister: Shirley Cox; and a beloved granddaughter: Melissa Cooper.

      A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Frank and Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Hospice, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Mary Reynolds

February 13th

My condolences to the family 🙏

Vickie Sachau

February 13th

I am so sorry for your loss.

Ken (Waylon)Jennings.

February 13th

Sorry for the families loss

Mary and Don Clark

February 13th

Sending our condolences to your family on the loss of your Dad. May God bless your mind and heart with beautiful memories.

Karen and Owen Smith

February 13th

We send your family our heartfelt condolences. Prayers and love.

BUD and Linda Martin

February 13th

We are sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.❤️

Jim and Janice Frost

February 13th

Our love and sympathy to all of the Dennis family.

Carl and Brenda Bandy

February 13th

We are so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. We are praying for all the family. Sending thoughts, hugs, and love.❤

Lynn Burgener

February 13th

Dear Marie, Sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. Enjoyed getting to visit with you both when I brought John by.

Pat Burt

February 13th

Remembering your family in prayer. Hold to the wonderful memories!

Denby Joe & Carla Mae Baker

February 13th

Our deepest condolences to the family. Uncle Ralph was a GREAT man. Our thoughts and prayers to everyone during this time.

Meryl Woods Jr

February 14th

So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Virginia Dennis

February 14th

Sorry for your loss. Jerry and him had some pretty good talks.

Don, Debra, Cory and Angela Nix and Bob Simmons

February 14th

Sorry to hear about your loss! Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all the family. May peace be with you during this difficult time.

Dennis and Candace Goodman

February 14th

Sorry for the Dennis's family's loss. I grew up down the road from Ralph's family and remember him as always smiling and being a very pleasant person.

Mark and Karen Jones

February 14th

Thoughts and prayers for the family

February 14th

Prayers for Ralph’s family. Enjoyed visiting with Ralph.

Alice Totten & Deb Ritchie

February 15th

Thoughts and prayers. Condolences

Steve and Misty Wheeler

February 16th

Uncle Ralph you will missed by so many. So glad we had our little road trips and can cherish the memories. Love you Uncle Ralph❤️

Jim & Mary Firek

February 16th

Our thoughts and prayers are with you today, and always. So sorry for your loss

Virgil E. & Rosalyn A. Uphold

February 16th

We Wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ralph Dennis. May the God of All Peace be with all of you during this time of sorrow. Virgil and Rosalyn Uphold



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