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Capt. Dennis Willie was born in Frankfort, S.D. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as a pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant in World War II. While stationed in Edenton, N.C., he met and married the former Helen Mansfield. Dennis flew for Seaboard and Flying Tigers before retiring. He spent the last 19 years of his retirement in Virginia Beach.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Helen; their three daughters and their husbands, V. Ann & Stephen W. Burke of Virginia Beach, Carol R. & Andrew P. Lanza of Braselton, Ga., and Denise H. & Harvey N. Schonwald of Brooksville, Fla.; his half-sister, Lois Filipek of Redfield, S.D.; brothers and sister, Ben Willie of Eagle Grove, IA, Frances W. Trout of Elkhart, Ind., and Robert J. Willie of Ralston, Neb.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.