Dennis D. Cave, 69, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 3:35 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at his home.
On Oct. 22, 1948, in Rochester, Dennis Dean Cave was born. He was a treasured son of Francis R. and Elsie Helen Seabolt Cave. Growing up he shared his childhood with three sisters and three brothers. In 1968, he graduated from Rochester High School. Following high school patriotism beckoned. Mr. Cave answered the call serving with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
On Dec. 22, 1982, Dennis married Connie Elliott. He worked at Rochester Metal Products until 2010 when he retired.
With a great passion for the outdoors, he hunted deer and fished for catfish. Spring time brought on the mushroom season and he was there with many successful searches for the sponge morels. He loved gardening and annually planted a beautiful well-maintained garden.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Connie, at home: three daughters: Denise Cave of Nappanee; Donna Shuck and husband James of Rochester; Jolene Cave of Logansport; a son, Charles Cave and wife Diana of Warsaw; seven grandchildren: Aryn Phillips, Justin Dawson, Sophie Shuck, Alexia Hinson, Clayton Hinson, Caitlyn Hinson and Lillian Cave; two sisters: Carol Guy and husband Mike of Arkansas, Bonnie Andreason of Rochester; two brothers: Francis E. “Sonny” Cave and wife Mary of Rochester, Terry Cave and wife Patsy of Warsaw; and his two Pomeranians: Cesar the black colored and C.J. the red-sable. Preceding him in death are his parents, a sister Helen Biltz, and a brother Larry Cave.
A celebration of the life of Mr. Dennis Dean Cave will be at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Liberty Baptist Church 2089 Liberty Road, Rochester, IN 46975. His family will received friends from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Pastor Bill McSpadden will officiate. He will be laid to eternal rest on the family plot at the Athens-Hoover Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Navy Honor’s Team.