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Dennis Blue
Dennis BlueTrotterDennis Eugene Blue, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 24, 2015 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He was born to the late John W. and Bonnie (Ryan) Blue on February 2, 1940 in LaRue, Ohio. He was a 1959 graduate of Marion Catholic High School. Dennis married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Nell Strebar, on January 30, 1961 in Sparta, NC.

Dennis was a life-long member of St. Mary Church in Marion where he served as a volunteer at St Vincent de Paul. He retired from BF Goodrich in Green Camp. He was past President of URW Local 241. He was a blacksmith, harness horse trainer, and a member of the Richwood Matinee Club and the USTA.

Dennis and Nell shared a beautiful and love-filled life together. Dennis was a devoted family man and his favorite past time and greatest joy was enjoying, spending time with, and avidly supporting his daughters and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren at home, their schools, and anywhere there was a ball game involving any of them. He was an extremely loving, generous, and loyal husband, father, and grandfather.

He was a true-Blue Democrat and a lifelong fan of The Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He enjoyed playing Euchre at the fairgrounds.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nell, and his greatest accomplishments, his daughters: Kim (Brent) Chapman of Richwood, Brenda (Lari) Blankenship of Prospect, Jane (Matt) Miller of Marysville, and Sondra (Scott) Schneller of Radnor. Nine grandchildren: Brittany (Heith) Chanley, Keenan (Kristin) Chapman, Chloe (Josh) Graham, Talia (Michael) McKinniss, Lily and Macy Miller, and Elise, Aspen, and Cierra Schneller. Four great-grandchildren: Mckenna Chapman, Luke Graham, and Jackson and Reiss McKinniss. Sole remaining aunt, Betty (Forrest) Tucker; sister-in-law, Carol (Walter) Wehenkel; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Trixie.

Calling hours will be Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 2 to 5 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion with Rev. Thomas Buffer officiating. Burial will follow at the Price Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 342 North Main Street, Marion, OH  43302 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1335 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215.

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#1 from: Marilyn and Bill Erdy
Grove City, OH
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Nell and family, so sorry for you loss. Our deepest sympathies for your entire family. Please let me know if you need anything. Randy and Linda Rowe also send their condolences as well.

#2 from: Bill Eaches
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:56 AM

I am deeply saddened by the news of Denny's passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family

#3 from: Kathie Davis Pfister
Northfield, Ohio
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 4:42 PM

My condolences for your loss.

#4 from: Mark Kemp
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. He will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to you all.

#5 from: Marilyn Coleman
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Kim and family, I am sorry for your loss.  Your Dad will enjoy playing cards with my husband George until we met again. Much love and prayers.

#6 from: Diana Hudson Carr
Bucyrus, Ohio
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Brenda & family, My deepest sympathies to you.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

#7 from: SanDee Tidd
Richwood, Ohio
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 6:17 AM

Kim & all family we are so sorry for your loss ! Knowing your family for many years you have wonderful memories with your Dad & they will always be there 💒 prayers & condolences! Claude & SanDee

#8 from: Lynne Ledley
United States
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:18 AM

Nell and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

#9 from: Kristin Chapman
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM

We are going to miss Grandpa Blue but we are comforted knowing that Mckenna will have another angel watching over her. We love you!
Keenan, Kristin, and Mckenna

#10 from: Judy Brady
marion ohio
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:45 AM

So sorry for your loss and prayers are with the family. Remembering the fun times in the Horse Club years ago. Remembering Scott from work.

#11 from: Gary and Linda Shaw
Marysville, ohio
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:19 AM

we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

#12 from: bill Nibert johna nibert
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM

So sorry to hear of Denney's passing. Know he will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Johna Nibert

#13 from: Jamison
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:37 PM

So sorry for your loss! He always had a smile for everyone! Hold tight to all those memories!

Ernie & Peggy Jamison

#14 from: Cynthia Oberdier
Ashley, Ohio
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 4:09 AM

My deepest sympathies to Nell, Kim, Brenda, Jane, Sondra and the rest of the family. Dennis was always pleasant to be around. I enjoyed seeing him every time we crossed paths. I know he loved you all very much.  Hold fast to all the wonderful memories. He will be missed by many.

#15 from: Fred Smith
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 9:34 AM

To the Family of Denny,sorry for your loss.I have so many great memories from the RED BARN.May God comfort this family at this time

#16 from: Paula and John Lumberson
Jensen Beach, Fla
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Dear Nell and girls.. My heart goes out to you all. I know how much he loved all of you.. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!! Sorry I could not make it home!! Love ya all.

#17 from: Harley and Charlene Jolliff
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Our sincere condolences to the family. We enjoyed Denny's friendship and time spent at the fairgrounds with him.

#18 from: Shelley Ridge
Richwood, Ohio
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Dear Nell and family, so sorry for your loss.  It's been a long time since I have seen you but have fond memories of all of us in high school and all the activities that you and Dennis supported our teams at.  I always remember him at the fairgrounds with the horses also.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

#19 from: Kim (Coile) Hesson
Gallatin, Tennessee
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Brenda and family,

I am so very sorry to hear about your dad/grandpa. He had been such a great friend to my dad, giving him a few years of enjoyment after retirement helping Dennis with his horses, etc.

All my heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. He was a good-hearted man.


Kim (Coile) Hesson and family

#20 from: Melody (Conner) Perry
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 9:04 PM

Mrs. Blue and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
My sincere sympathies

#21 from: willy wilson
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 8:33 PM

i was shocked to hear the news just this afternoon. i regret that i wasnt there for calling hours. we never stopped being friends. never stopped loving him. he was kind generous and understanding man. the world will miss him and so will i.

#22 from: Karen Elaine Landon
 Ft. Pierce, Fl. & Ohio
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Nell & Family,
  In this time of sadness, may you see God in the faces of friends, hear him in their voices, and feel him in their hands. With your wonderful memories, and support of family, and friends help you with your loss.
Karen Elaine Landon

#23 from: Dee
Newcastle de
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 10:14 AM

So sorry for your loss, please keep Revelation 21:3,4 in mind. Where God has promised us there will be no more sicknesses or death in the near future. Please be assured that your family will be in my prayers.

#24 from: Jennifer McNamee
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 11:51 AM

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss.  Dennis was a good man that will never be forgotten.  He had an unforgettable smile. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

#25 from: Sonja Webb Horn
Mount Solon, Virginia
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Your family is in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. The years have flown by but I have a lot of fond memories playing at your home down the road in Essex.  Take Care.    

#26 from: Pam Mathys
United States
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Dear Nel an Girls -  I am so sorry to hear about Denny ! I thought the world of him an that I missed telling him bye !  I know how hard it is gonna b for awhile an my heart goes out to all of u! I know he will greatly missed!!!! RIP Denny !!!

#27 from: Samuel Walston and Kathleen Laird
Marion, OH
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Nell and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Dennis was a good man who will be greatly missed.
Sam, Kathy, Michelle, Mike and families

#28 from: John Wiley
Richwood Ohio
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Sorry to miss calling hours. We had company and could not get away.We will miss Deny at thered barn. He loved to argue politic's and give us all advice on how to train horses. Loved his family and all democrats. John

#29 from: Bill and Beth Parish
Richwood Ohio
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Nell and Family,
So sorry for the loss of Dennis. I have fond memories from way back when you first moved to the Essex community.  Thinking of you and please know you are in our prayers.  Love Bill and Beth

#30 from: Sharon McCleary
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Dear Nell and family,
I send my sympathy and prayers.
I was  thinking of the days and laughs we shared just recently. He left a warm spot in my heart. He was the finest example of a "Family" man.
May God Bless,

#31 from: ANN (HOGAN) DUMONT
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Nell & family,
   I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in
my prayers. I will alway remember our time at Marion Catholic and reunions. Dennis was a great guy. I will continue to  keep you and your family in my prayers during this sad  time.
Love,  Ann (Hogan) Dumont

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