- April 23, 1948 - October 25, 2006
of Dennis' Passing
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“Dear Anderson Family, I want to tell you what a sweet,sweet, man Dennis was to me. I had the opportunity to get to know Dennis through his getting...Read More »
1 of 68 | Posted by: Kim Makimaa - Swartz Creek, MI
“I would like to send my condolences to the Anderson Family. I was a student of his in high school from 1972 to 1975. Not many of my teachers do I...Read More »
2 of 68 | Posted by: Janis (Tindall) French
“My deepest sympathies to the Anderson family. Denny had a positive impact on the world around him and his memory will continue to inspire the...Read More »
3 of 68 | Posted by: Kim Proehl - Chicago, IL
“Mr. Anderson was a superb teacher and served as an inspiration and mentor for me as a student in his excellent music program and in my first job as a...Read More »
4 of 68 | Posted by: Andrew Schulz - Brooklyn, NY
“Judy and I regret we were out of state when we heard of Denny's passing. It was a shock, as we just recently talked about retirement and shared...Read More »
5 of 68 | Posted by: Wayne and Judy Lintz
“At least once a week I find myself telling my son ONLY PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!!!! I will forever remember Mr. Anderson, in thought and prays.
6 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Parker - Orlando, Florida
“Anderson's, I only wish I knew what to say. Mr. Anderson was a great man, a great teacher, friend, an awesome person to look up to. He always made us...Read More »
7 of 68 | Posted by: Hillary Claburn
“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May your fond memories bring you peace. Denny was a wonderful person and teacher. He...Read More »
8 of 68 | Posted by: Hilary Stanley - Flint, MI
“DearJulie and Emily:
So sorry to hear about your husband (Father) I was checking on the computer obituaries as we are in Arlington Texas for...Read More »
9 of 68 | Posted by: ELEANOR LIEBENGOOD
“Mr. Anderson taught my daughter Breanna music at Mt. Morris High. He was a very fine man and music director. He will me missed. My daughter Breanna...Read More »
10 of 68 | Posted by: Terry Lee-Wilson
“Very sorry to hear about Dennis, he and family are in my prayers. Mike
11 of 68 | Posted by: Michael Brower
“Julie & Emily--
I am sure you both know this, but it bears repeating at a time like this. Denny was more than just a teacher to me...he encouraged me...Read More »
12 of 68 | Posted by: Cathy Daniel - New York, NY
You have my sympathy and my prayers.
You probably don`t know me, but
I sing with the contemporary group
I thought Denny was a very nice
man, ...Read More »
13 of 68 | Posted by: Sue DeHate - Montrose Mi.
“Mr. Anderson was probably the best teacher I had ever had. He gave me self confidence and taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to it.....Read More »
14 of 68 | Posted by: Larry Zeisloft
“Julie & Emily, As you know, Denny and I go way back to that first year of marching & concert band at MSU in the fall of 1966. Our relationship...Read More »
15 of 68 | Posted by: Larry Alpert - Owosso, MI
“I will never forget Mr. Anderson. When you have an instructor for that many years, he becomes more than just a teacher. He made us work hard...Read More »
16 of 68 | Posted by: Lyn Motter (Bailey) - Mt. Morris
“Dennis (Mr. Anderson) did more to encourage and push me through the high school years than can be adequately expressed.
We became acquainted in the...Read More »
17 of 68 | Posted by: Dennis J. Loucks - Houston, Texas
“Mr. Anderson was way more than my band teacher, he was like another dad. He was funny and never beat around the bush and I loved that about him. I...Read More »
18 of 68 | Posted by: Breanna Wilson
“Julie and Emily, My heart goes out to both of you because I know you will miss your husband and father dearly. Denny was a wonderful person who did...Read More »
19 of 68 | Posted by: Kelly Cleveland - Clio, MI
“First of all I would like to send my condolences to Mr. Anderson's family. I was the Drum Major in 1976-1977. Mr. Anderson was such a master of...Read More »
20 of 68 | Posted by: Faye (Bigelow) Cabello
“How do you honor someone who meant so much too so many? Mr. Anderson was a wonderful person. I hope it helps to know that what the world lost when...Read More »
21 of 68 | Posted by: Lisa Rodgers - Flint, Michigan
“What marvelous tributes to Dennis! I didn't know him as an adult, but we were neighbors as kids and his wonderful mom babysat for us. I remember...Read More »
22 of 68 | Posted by: Janice Lake Wheelock
“My heart and condolences go out to all of Dennis's family and friends. He was/is a great inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.
23 of 68 | Posted by: Hugh - Dover, Delaware
“i will miss u mr anderson u tought me great things like the clarinet and to never fall back no it... it will get me far!!!!!
24 of 68 | Posted by: marion gamble - mt morris mi
“He was much loved and will be terribly missed. My heart and prayers go out to the family.
25 of 68 | Posted by: Holly (Finfrock) Bodoh Fenton, MI
“I never had Mr Anderson as a teacher but had Mrs. Anderson for two years in elementary school. Julie, you were by far, my favorite teacher. 30 years...Read More »
26 of 68 | Posted by: Scott Pillow - Grand Blanc MI
“Mr.Anderson was so much more than just a teacher and director to all of us. I have so many great memories that include him. He meant a lot to me...Read More »
27 of 68 | Posted by: Pamela Thompson
“I just want to thank Mr. Anderson's family for sharing him with us. Mr. Anderson has been the single most influential person in my life. He is the...Read More »
28 of 68 | Posted by: Brad Davis - Grand Blanc, MI
“God Bless you my friend. My thoughts and prayers our with Julie and the entire family
29 of 68 | Posted by: Jimmy O'Dea
“Mr. Anderson was a wonderful person. I will miss him dearly. It was so nice to see him at my wedding in June. Everytime I talked to him, he would...Read More »
30 of 68 | Posted by: Shannon Smith - Mt. Morris
“Mr. Anderson was such an un-selfish individual who thought so much of the students that he taught. He was like a father to so many of these...Read More »
31 of 68 | Posted by: The Isbell Family
“I am the mother of one of Mr. Anderson's many students. I want you to know how much I appreciate all the time he spent with my daughter as well as...Read More »
32 of 68 | Posted by: Stephanie Mckinstry
“Although I never had Mr. Anderson as a teacher, many of my friends did. Mr. Anderson left lasting impressions on each one of his students. He was...Read More »
33 of 68 | Posted by: Tammy Kovacs (Wildfong)
“My deepest sympathies. Dennis was a master teacher, and one of our finest mentors in the band directing profession. God bless him.
34 of 68 | Posted by: James Huber - Midland, MI
“All I can say is that I am deeply saddened by this. He was one of my favorite teachers, in band I wasn't the best but he pushed me to be better. He...Read More »
35 of 68 | Posted by: Kelli Boom - Grand Blanc, MI
We send our deepest sympathies at your sudden loss. We were shocked when hearing about Dennis. We send you our love and prayers.
Buzz &...Read More »
36 of 68 | Posted by: Buzz & Ruthmary - Clio MI
“I will always remember you Mr.Anderson! You were not only a awesome band teacher but you were an awesome man! You were truly like a dad to me! You...Read More »
37 of 68 | Posted by: Miranda Lynch - Mt.Morris, MI
“Dear Julie, Your Dad called me today with the sad news. Please accept sincere sympathy and heartfelt prayers from all the MacFaldas. Give our love...Read More »
38 of 68 | Posted by: Janet and Jerry MacFalda - Saline
We are so sorry to have heard about Mr. Anderson. Please know you and your family will be in our prayers and we are only a phone call...Read More »
39 of 68 | Posted by: The Nagy Family - Mt. Morris
“I would just like to send my condolences to the family and just would like to express how smart and great of a teacher he was, he will be missed.
40 of 68 | Posted by: Ryan Sherman - Clio, Michigan
“Anderson's I am very sorry to be typing this message to you but my heart is with all you and he will always be remembered
41 of 68 | Posted by: Chris Vogt - Mt. Morris
“I am still in shock that one of my greatest mentors throughout my high school career is gone. Your love of music will live on in all of the students...Read More »
42 of 68 | Posted by: Melinda Holt - Flint, MI
“Mr. Anderson was an amazing man. He touched so many lives in his teaching career. I think I learned more from him than any other teacher. He was...Read More »
43 of 68 | Posted by: Jessica (Kendall) Sparks
“Mrs. Anderson and Family - I am a graduate from the class of 79. We all have so many stories and memories of Mr. Anderson. Our concert band rocked...Read More »
44 of 68 | Posted by: Jane Eldred Brinkley
"When there are no words, know that the silences are carrying the thoughts and prayers of all who love you".
45 of 68 | Posted by: DJ Kleinbrook
You brought so much knowledge to so many of us. You will be missed.
46 of 68 | Posted by: Jes - Detroit, MI
“I had the great honor of having Mt. Anderson as a band teacher for many years and he was a terrific man. He will greatly be missed.
47 of 68 | Posted by: shawna kerperien flint, michigan
“I know Mr. Anderson knew how much his students loved him, but I still feel like I never told him enough how much he did for me and how much he truly...Read More »
48 of 68 | Posted by: Kristin Slattery - Mt. Morris, MI
“I can barely write this through the tears. Mr. Anderson was my favorite teacher all through my school years. He was so patient, gracious, and just...Read More »
49 of 68 | Posted by: Judy (Horvath) Blower Mt. Morris
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a great man. I will miss him dearly. He used to come and watch me march in college even after I graduated....Read More »
50 of 68 | Posted by: Sabrina (Dinse) Sharp
“He was a wonderful man. He made a positive difference in the lives of every one of his students. I learned a great deal from him, as did Amanda. ...Read More »
51 of 68 | Posted by: Patty Lewis - Mt Morris
“To Mr. Anderson, the man who taught me everything about music, confidence, dedication, love and life,
You helped make me the person who I am today. ...Read More »
52 of 68 | Posted by: Jennifer (Muter) Kosto
“Mr. Anderson was a wonderful person. He was much more than just a teacher to all of us. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.
53 of 68 | Posted by: Amanda Lewis Mt. Morris, Michigan
“I had Mr. Anderson for band 14 years ago. Then by some weird twist of fate, I ran into him while he was fitting my 9 year old daughter for her new...Read More »
54 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Chrisner (Sparks) Dexter, MI
“Ever since I picked up the trombone in 5th grade, I knew that I wanted to be a Denny when I grow up. I did it Mr. A, I'm a band teacher and you...Read More »
55 of 68 | Posted by: Andy Cervini - St. Charles
“My sympathies go out to you,Julie and your family. Your MEA family holds you in their prayers.
56 of 68 | Posted by: Iris K. Salters - Lansing, MI
“Our sympathy is with your family during this time of grief. Dennis has brought the gift of music to me and will always be carried on through my...Read More »
57 of 68 | Posted by: Curtis Jablonski Grand Blanc, Mi
“To Mr. Anderson's family, I want to extend all my sympathy to you. He was a wonderful man, so kind and patient with my three kids at MMHS and so...Read More »
58 of 68 | Posted by: Anne Gatica - Otisville, MI
You have my deepest sympathy. Dennis was a great friend. We kind of grew up together. My father thought the world of him also. I will right...Read More »
59 of 68 | Posted by: Larry Brower --cousin
“To the Anderson family:
My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. Mr. Anderson was a great mentor to me and he taught...Read More »
60 of 68 | Posted by: Dawn Schieber-Fagerstrom
“I read the ludington paper every day on line and saw that denny had died. am so sorry. I think about him and christie so often, being neighbors as...Read More »
61 of 68 | Posted by: susie foor(lake)
“To all those who knew Dennis Anderson: although he is no longer walking with us, surely a man such as he who influenced so many in such wonderful...Read More »
62 of 68 | Posted by: Molly (Harrington) Woodward
“You have our sincere sympathy for the death of one fine man, your husband and father.
I have seen how he has influenced my girls and especially my...Read More »
63 of 68 | Posted by: Linda Muter - Mt. Morris
“I am so sorry to hear about Denny's passing. My heart goes out to you, Julie and Emily. I used to work in the admin. office and kidded with Denny...Read More »
64 of 68 | Posted by: Sue McKay Brown - Newaygo, MI
“Mr. Anderson -
I was truly shocked and deeply saddened by the news of your passing. I will never forget sitting in your classroom in 5th grade,...Read More »
65 of 68 | Posted by: Melissa Muter (Cates) Burton, MI
“The Community has lost a great teacher, mentor and friend. He inspired us to succeed in music and in our lives. He was always encouraging to his...Read More »
66 of 68 | Posted by: Sherri (McKay) Cook Charlotte, NC
“Mr. Anderson was such a wonderful man. Most of my high school memories included the panther marching band. He taught me so many things. He gave me...Read More »
67 of 68 | Posted by: Jamie Tarrant - Clio,MIchigan
“Julie and family,
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Anderson was a wonderful inspiration to me and my
brother (Curtis) throughout our...Read More »
68 of 68 | Posted by: Renee Jablonski Klamut Denver CO
ANDERSON, Dennis D. - of Mt. Morris, age 58, died Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, October 28, 2006 at Saints Charles & Helena Catholic Church in Clio. Rev. Fr. Gerald Ploof officiating. Cremation to follow. Friends may call at the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio on Thursday from 6-9pm and Friday from 2-9pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Genesee County Humane Society or to Saints Charles & Helena Catholic Church Building Fund.
Dennis was born on April 23, 1948 in Ludington, Michigan to Verner and Doris (Wilson) Anderson. He had resided in the Mt. Morris area the past 36 years. He was a 1971 graduate of Michigan State University having received a Masters Degree in Music. He was also in the Michigan State Marching Band from 1968-1970. Dennis married Julie Dreffs on December 27, 1969. He was employed with the Mt. Morris Schools as the High School Band Director for 34 years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of Saints Charles & Helena Catholic Church, the Strolling Spartans, the MSBOA and the Clio Country Club. Dennis enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening and reading. He was also an avid Michigan State fan.
Surviving are: wife, Julie; daughter, Emily (Dave) Desrochers of Holt; father, Verner (Jeanie) Anderson of Ludington; sister, Christine (Michael) Hathaway of Zeeland, MI; father-in-law, Harry Dreffs of Clio; niece, Lisa (Dan) Boers; great nephew, Dmitry Boers; his dogs, Abbie, Sam and Mulligan. Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Doris. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.oguinnfh.com.
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