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Dennis J. Gehring

August 14, 2020

Dennis J. GehringDennis J. Gehring, 82, of Watertown passed away Friday morning, August 14, 2020 at Samaritan Keep Home where he resided for three years.

Dennis was born in Watertown on October 15, 1937, son of John J. "Jack" and Anne G. Harris Gehring and was a graduate of Watertown High School. A marriage to Judith Shepard ended in divorce.

He was a mechanic for Cheney Tire for sixty years. He was a member of Watertown Sportsman Club. Dennis enjoyed fishing, hunting, and bowling. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling, gambling, and going to casinos with his life partner, Betty. He was an avid NY Yankee and LA Rams fan.

Dennis is survived by his son Mark J. Gehring and wife Valerie, Calcium; daughter Kristine Y. Cushman and husband Michael, TN; two grandchildren, Gabrielle Gehring and Zachery Cushman; five great-grandchildren; brother Terry K. Gehring and wife Barbara J., Watertown; niece Michelle Jeican and husband Tim, Watertown; great-niece Jessica Deshane; his companion of thirty years Betty A. Scordo and her family, Watertown; and several cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown at his family's convenience. A public graveside service will be held at Brookside Cemetery, town of Watertown on Wednesday, August 19, at 3:00 PM with masks and social distancing required. In lieu of flowers donations in Dennis' name may be made to either The American Heart Assoc., c/o Stacy Spaziani, 204 Iroquois Ave. W., or Samaritan Keep Activities Fund, Attn. 3rd Floor, 133 Pratt St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#6 Vicky 2020-08-21 12:35
Dear Betty and all of Denny’s family I am so sorry for your loss he was the sweetest man. He has that beautiful smile in this picture I always ask him to show me his pearly whites and he would chuckle and then smile away. We will all miss him at the nursing home. God Bless you all. Vicky, Activities
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#5 Rick Boshart 2020-08-19 09:04
Mark and family. Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Thinking of you and praying for you from afar.
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#4 Amanda Dixson 2020-08-18 07:06
Oh Denny, you will be so missed by so many. I will miss our long talks in the tire warehouse about anything and everything. You brightened my day every day when I worked at Cheney’s. My heart goes out to family and friends that knew you well. Rest easy my friend.
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#3 MATTHEW J MCINTYRE 2020-08-17 21:59
Thank you for all your stories of the good old days. I feel honored to have worked with you. I enjoyed all of our talks, especially during the early mornings in the winter after plowing your driveway. There will always be a chair out back at Cheney's for you. You will be missed dearly.
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#2 Thomas J Cheney 2020-08-17 17:20
To my father Big Denny you were like a son. To me you were my mentor.and my friend. At a very young age you taught me values how to treat a customer and properly service their vehicles. Little Denny thank you for your 60 years of Loyalty Dedication and Friendship. You will always be in the hearts of all of us at Cheney Tire. Tom
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#1 Fran Harris 2020-08-17 06:44
Terry; Mark; Kristine and families:

I am truly so sorry for your loss, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

Aunt Fran
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