Leigh Dennison was born Dec. 27, 1921, in Owasso, Michigan, and left us Oct. 20, 2018, in Fairbanks, at 96. He was born to Homer Dennison and Lillian Bunn of East Lansing, Michigan. He earned a degree in agricultural engineering from Michigan State University in 1942.
He served in World War II as a clerk/typist from 1943-46 and served six months in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. After his service, he came to Alaska to attend agricultural school at UAF. He settled in Delta Junction and married Hannelore “Bill” Johnson on Aug. 20, 1965. They settled in a log cabin on the Richardson Highway, where their enormous wood pile drew tourist photos in the summer.
He was an avid reader, enjoyed history and aviation books, and became a private pilot. He was a talented mechanic and was known for his fleet of diesel Mercedes cars. He retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation and became a refrigerator technician, which satisfied his love of mechanical tinkering and exploration. He was an active and dedicated member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Men’s Igloo No. 35.
He and Bill were active in the Presbyterian Church and both had a deep and abiding faith.
He was preceded in death by his beloved Bill; his parents; and daughters, Terry Rubincan and Carrita Campbell. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Crawford (Glenn); and grandchildren, Carl Morris, Rhonda Gilbertson, Lance Gilbertson, Beth Bakken, Cameron Crawford and Cacie Crawford.
Services will be held i summer 2019 in Delta. A service announcement will be published after a date has been finalized. Arrangements are being made through Delta Presbyterian Church, and he will be buried in the Pioneers section of the Delta Junction cemetery.