In the early evening hours of May 31, 2020, Dennis passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. Dennis was born on March 29, 1948 in Warren, Ohio and grew up in Newton Falls. Graduating from Newton Falls High School, Dennis moved to Michigan and attended Muskegon Community College, Henry Ford College and Eastern Michigan University, and held a degree in Automotive Engineering.
He spent 20 years working for Ford Motor Company in Research and Engineering, primarily in the area of Engine Development. Dennis managed dynomometer operations for a short period of time for world racing legend Jack Roush prior to moving back to Ohio and working for the family business, Beardsley Insurance. In 1992, Dennis turned his love of woodworking into a full-time occupation and started his own business - Precision Hardwoods.
From tree to finished product, Dennis used his saw mill, drying kiln, modern shop equipment and lifelong engineering skills to complete projects that enhanced the homes and lives of others. Equally important was his sense of conservation and giving back. From childhood until his untimely passing, Dennis planted many trees in multiple states, leaving his positive touch on the environment and landscape for many years to come.
Dennis had an absolute love for Ford automobiles, especially the classics. Many years were spent at racetracks, straight and oval, with friends and family. Through the years his car collection included '57, '64, and '66 Ford Fairlanes, a '69 Mercury Cyclone, '69 Ford Thunderbird and a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera. He used his own shop and God given talents to fix cars for other people who simply couldn't. There was always just one way to do something - the right way.
Without doubt, Dennis had a lifelong, unwavering love for his family. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Ramona (Krimmer) for over 53 years. He always supported his two sons, Darrel (Lisa) and Darren (Nicole), and spent many years attending and coaching their sporting events, helping with projects and being more than a father to them. Additionally, Dennis leaves behind six grandchildren, all of whom he thought the world of - Devon, Lauren and Dylan, and Eli, Jude and Jolene, as well as his mother Audrey Goynes, brother Rod, sister Sharon (all of Newton Falls), sister Beverlee (of Connecticut), his German Shepherd Roxy Rose, Mitch the cat, several cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many friends across the United States.
Dennis and Ramona are members of First Christian Church in Newton Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the church or to Harbor Light Hospice of Youngstown, Ohio. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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