TAMPA, Fla. - Dennis Michael McAleer, 72, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Florida Hospital in Tampa.
Dennis was born Oct. 12, 1940, to Hugh and Margery Dietz Stoner in Warren.
The youngest of three children, he graduated from Warren G. Harding High school in 1957.
Dennis joined the Navy in 1958. He served overseas for four years as a signalman on the USS Destroyer battleship nicknamed the Gattling.
After his enlistment, he met his beautiful bride, Carole Jane Morice, in 1962. It was love at first sight and they married three months later in Warren.
He worked for Grinnell Manufacturing for two years, then decided to make a change and worked for Packard Electric. He worked at Packard for 33 years as a hi-lift operator and retired in 1997.
After retirement, he and Carole moved to North Fort Myers and he continued to work as a manager for Scotties marina there.
Dennis loved to spend time with his wife, Carole, read and spend time in the outdoors. But his passion was being near the water. His love for fishing was unmatched.
He was actively involved with the Elks and Moose clubs. He and Carole loved boating at Ashtabula Yacht Club Ohio, where they were members for 10 years, and at Old Bridge Village in Fort Myers.
Dennis loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Rachel, Allie, Brianna, Giana, Nikolas, Lauren and Shawn.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; sons, Michael (Debbie), Matthew (Alexis) and Ryan (Lorena); grandchildren, Rachael, Allie, Brianna, Giana, Nikolas, Lauren and Shaun; a sister, Elaine; and a half sister, Patti.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie, and brother, Duane.
A private memorial service will be held for family and friends at Florida National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Dennis wished that donations would be sent to the Disabled American Veterans.