Dennis Frederick Putney

June 16, 1951 ~ February 5, 2021 (age 69)


Dennis Frederick Putney, age 69, of Elmwood, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Dennis was born on June 16, 1951 in Peoria, IL to Frederick Earl and Donna Jean (Stewart) Putney.  He married Pamela Ellen Williams on February 18, 1978 in Peoria.

Surviving are his wife, Pamela; his children, Robin (Ronald) Thrasher of Elmwood and Tom (Jessica) Putney also of Elmwood; 10 grandchildren, Addison, Hallie, Gena, Kaleb, Lillian and Autumn Thrasher, Michael (Ragan) Thrasher, and Brielle, Isla, and Thomas Putney, Jr; and two great-grandchildren, Roderick and Aurora Thrasher.  Also surviving are his siblings, Charlene (Bill) Weber of Wisconsin and Ronald (Faith) Putney of Florida and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lonnie Putney.

Dennis worked for Mitsubishi Motors for 10 years and then worked for Caterpillar for over 25 years when he retired in 2016.  He was a 30 year member of the Horeb Masonic Lodge #0363 in Elmwood.  Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR and stock car racing.  Most of all, he loved his family and friends.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood Fire Department.  Arrangements are under the care of Cumerford-Clary Funeral Home in Peoria.  Online condolences may be made to

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