Karl Dennis, age 75, passed away on October 23, 2016 at Milestone Senior
Living Memory Care Facility in Eau Claire, WI due to complications from
Born on August 27, 1941 in Eau Claire, to Roy and Mary (Walter) Dennis.
Steve was the 4th of 7 children. He married Kathleen (Kathy) Ronningen on
August 3, 1974 in Hammond, WI. Together they had two sons, Todd and Paul.
Steve graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1959 where he
lettered in football and wrestling. Following high school, Lugger began a
career in refrigeration and pipe fitting at Benedict Refrigeration Service
Inc. John Benedict remains a lifelong friend of the family. Lugger worked
as a union pipefitter for 35 years on many job sites in the Upper Midwest
before retiring in 2001. He was an active member, elected President during
a period in the 1990s, of UA Local 385 (later UA Local 434) for 50 years.
Steve enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life. Karl Walter, his
special uncle, was an avid partner joining him on fishing trips to Canada
and hunting trips to Northern WI and out West. His sons and best
friends/fellow fitters, Larry Rehberg and Wayne Johnson accompanied him on
many hunting and fishing adventures.
Steve’s life is continued through his wife of 42 years, Kathy, sons and
daughter-in-law, Todd and Paul (Tara) Dennis, and granddaughter, Anne.
Stephen is survived by his brothers; Edgar (Carolyn), Patrick, Jim (Barb),
and Richard (Vicki); sister, Kathleen (Dick) Zimmerman; many nieces &
nephews; and numerous cousins.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; Roy and Mary Dennis, his
brother; Michael, and father-in-law and mother-in-law; John and JoAnn
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the
VFW Post 305 on Starr Ave in Eau Claire from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Smith Funeral
Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
His family wishes to express special thanks to his primary provider Dr.
Dennis Auth and the caring staff at Milestone Memory Care. Their awesome
team did a great job of taking care of Steve; thank you: Chris, Esther,
Haleigh, Kirsten, Robbie, Sandra, Shantel, Kelly, and Emily.
Memorials preferred directed to Shriner’s Hospital 2025 East River Pkwy.,
Minneapolis, MN 55414 or to Leader-Telegram 2016 Warm the Children Fund,
701 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire WI 54702.