Richard E. (Dick) Denning
Richard E. (Dick) Denning passed away at home in Minden, Nevada, on March 5, 2016. Dick served in World War II as a gunner on PBY-5A Catalina aircraft in the VP-71 Squadron. After the war, he graduated from Springfield College and later obtained a master’s degree in special education from Fullerton State College. Dick was the Youth Work Secretary at the YMCA in Pomona, California, and then became a special education teacher in West Covina and Bishop, California. After retiring in 1987, he and his wife Carolyn became llama ranchers and were actively involved in regional llama shows and held clinics on llama care and training. In 1991, they moved their ranch to Gardnerville and were known for their annual open house, attended by hundreds of local animal lovers. Dick enjoyed watching sports and going to breakfast at Woodett’s. His gregarious and larger-than-life personality will be greatly missed. Dick is survived by his wife Carolyn, and his two sons; Steven and wife Linda in Arizona; and Rick and wife Linda in Virginia. He leaves behind six grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He will be interred in the Veterans’ Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada.