Dennis Wilson

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Dennis Scott Wilson, 95, of Belleville, IL, born August 29, 1927, in Cumberland, MD, died Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Dennis was a United States Army Air Core veteran. He was a salesman for International Papers until he retired. Dennis had a passion for woodworking and loved spending time with his family.

Dennis was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rita E., nee Fellner, Wilson, whom he married on June 5, 1950, and who died on March 6, 2014; his parents, Oscar S. and Reta V. nee, Bartlett, Wilson; and his brother, Roger “Jack” Wilson.

Surviving are his two daughters, Annette Theresa Wilson, and Janet Marie (Roger) Hoffmann;
four grandchildren, Joshua J. (Sharon) Hoffmann, Carrie D. (Craig) Litteken, Nathan T. Cooling, and Keith L. Hoffmann;
seven great-grandchildren, Lindsey Williams, Alexis Litteken and Coryn Litteken, Zachary Hoffmann,
Jake Cooling, Brandon Hoffmann, and Lucy Hoffmann;
three great-great-grandchildren, Zayden, Laya, and Kayden Williams;
a sister, Deirdre “Biddy” Boone;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial with military honors will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


14 Comments on Dennis Wilson

Allan and Janee Hanft said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2023 at 3:10 PM

Annette, Jan and family... So sorry to hear about Denny. Grateful to have known him and your mother. They were wonderful neighbors all those years. Now they're together again. Our hearts go out to you for your loss. Al and Janee

  • Indianapolis
  • Indiana
Denese Wiesbrock said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2023 at 2:21 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Mr Wilson passing. He was such a wonderful, caring neighbor. Praying for your family

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gerry Klucker Hobbs said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2023 at 12:22 PM

Janet n Annette: I'm sorry to hear of your father's demise. My brother-in-law, Vern Christ, has lost a dear friend. May God Bless.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Lucinda Pascarella said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2023 at 2:43 PM

Carrie, I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. What an amazing thing that he enjoyed his family and life itself for 95 years! I will be sending up prayers and traveling graces for all that will miss him and those who will be traveling. I am also sending you a virtual hug.

  • Hattiesburg
  • MS
Angie (Kiehl) Garrett said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2023 at 1:08 PM

Annette, Jan and family, Deepest condolences at the loss of your father. Although, I haven't seen your father in many years I feel it hasn't been that long since FB posts show the same twinkle in his eye and smile on his face that I remember throughout the many years of your friendship with Eileen. Growing up in St. Teresa parish your parents are one of many I always remember as steadfast regulars at Mass. Now, many of those regular couples have joined each other in Heaven watching over their families here on earth. As I will not be able to pay my respects personally; know that I will be remembering your father in prayer and holding your entire family up during this difficult time. Much love, Angie Kiehl Garrett

  • Frisco
  • Texas
Cathy Shelton said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2023 at 10:42 AM

Dearest Annette and Jan and family, Dennis was special...a bit stubborn but I know you all knew that. The minute I took his arm as he walked me down the aisle I felt his strength and all accepting love. I knew I was not just his daughter's friend but a family member welcomed warmly into the circle of love. Now Dennis is in a place where he is whole no longer in pain but rejoicing with Rita. Dean and I send our deepest sympathies. The road is never easy but Dennis traveled it well. His legacy lives on in each of his family members. Love you all. Prayers for comfort.

  • Hoschton
  • Georgia
Tammy Walters said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2023 at 8:45 AM

Jan and Annette, i am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man and I truly loved him “to the moon”. You have my sympathy Tammy

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Jack Wilson said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 10:04 PM

To Jan, Annette and all the family, I want to know that we are so sorry to have lost our "Old Uncle from Illinois ". The memories we have of him and all of you will be some of the happiest times we will remember. Every time I spoke to Uncle Denny his words transported me back to a simpler, better time, and I will always be grateful for his wisdom and humor. It's always tough to lose someone you've known your entire life, but I have a feeling he's back on the farm with Aunt Rita and Gram and Baub and Dad, so he's in great company. I will miss him terribly. Love to you all!

  • Lavale
  • Maryland
Gary and Darlene Gansmann said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 9:52 PM

I am so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. No matter their age or mental/physical condition, it is incredibly hard to lose your parent. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Pat (Bailey) Burns said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 6:26 PM

Deepest sympathy to you and your entire family on the passing of your loved one.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Leonelda Siade said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Annette and family, I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jan and Dave Saunders said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 3:05 PM

Dear Annette and Jan, I am so sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. He was almost like a second dad through all the years of high school, college, and beyond. I know my parents really enjoyed getting together with Dennis and Rita and we had a lot of laughs over the years. So please accept our condolences for your entire family.

  • Woodridge
  • IL
Ron and Mary Ann said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 1:00 PM

Our sincere condolences to the Wilson family. It seems like we have known him almost all our lives. He was always "Uncle Dennis" to us and we have many fond memories of him and his family.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Kathy (Kiehl) Clanfield said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2023 at 12:53 PM

Annette, Jan, and family, My deepest sympathy at the loss of your dear father. You were blessed to have him until his nineties, but that does not lessen the pain of his loss. Your dad has been welcomed into Heaven by your dear mom, and they will always be smiling down at their wonderful children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. May all your memories of his sweetness and great smile bring you comfort at this sad time. Love, Kathy (Kiehl) Clanfield

  • Lake Geneva
  • WI

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