Dennis Charles Fatum
LILLIAN, Ala. — Dennis Charles “Denny” Fatum, 70, formerly of Reed City, went to the be with the Lord on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Lillian, Ala., after a short battle with cancer. He will be missed dearly.
Denny was born on Oct. 28, 1942 in Highland Park to Fredwill (Fritz) and Ileene Fatum, and he attended Reed City schools. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1960 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and served four years, reaching the rank of Corporal. He received an associate’s degree in business management from Lincoln Extension Institute in 1967.
He then returned to Reed City, where he worked for 24 years with Kel-Reed/Gardner Denver/Cooper Industries, working his way up from machinist to plant superintendent. Following his employment there, he also was employed at several local factories, as well as Kettenun Center in Tustin. Additionally, he owned and operated Denny’s Sales and Service, a successful family business, in the Reed City area that provided lawn care and forestry equipment and service to many in the local area.
Upon retirement, Denny and Ilene moved to Alabama, where he spent his time enjoying fishing and camping, as well as making annual trips to Northern Michigan to see family and friends. They both were very involved in their church and community.
Denny is survived by Marlene Fatum, the mother of his three children, Russ (Gail) of Colleyville, Texas, Sandra (Phillip) Cazallis, of Osceola, Ind., and Mark (Xandria) of Paris; his wife, Ilene; two step-daughters, Holly (Jeff) Campbell, of Cadillac, and Cheryl Siewinski of Grand Rapids; and nine grandchildren.
Also surviving are his mother, Ileene (Robert) Thiel, of Reed City; his sister, Diane (Lewis) Milejczak, of Foley, Minn.; and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fredwill (Fritz) Fatum; and his brother-in-law, Pastor Lewis Milejczak.
Arrangements were made by Cason’s Funeral Services in Foley, Ala., and cremation already has taken place. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City, with Pastor Dawn Pooley officiating and a luncheon to follow. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Hospice.