Long-time California City resident dies at 81.
Reuben Dennis Jr. (Bill) passed away quietly at home, in his sleep, on January 16, 2020. He was born in Evansville, Indiana on June 1, 1938 to Reuben W. Dennis Sr. and Elsie Lee Dennis.
Bill served his country in the U. S. Navy for 12 years from 1958 through 1970. He served during the
Vietnam era as a Plane Captain on C-118’s, flying in and out of Da Nang, carrying men and materiel in the war theatre. Bill left the military in March 1970 and moved his family to California City, California.
While being a resident of California City for 50 years, Bill started his many careers working for Great Western Cities Development Company as an electrician. He served the City of California City as the Airport Manager on three separate occasions, held a seat on the California City Planning Commission for three terms, and served as an active Reserve Police Officer for the California City Police Department for twenty-two years. In his spare time, Bill was a flight instructor where he was able to help those with the same love as he had, earn their pilot license. Bill was a licensed commercial pilot and had an A & P mechanic license.  Bill worked at Edwards Air Force Base with Civil Service as a mechanic with the United States Army on the Blackhawk Helicopter, were he retired in 1996.  Moving from the air to land, Bill with his sons Larry and Jeff, opened Dennis Automotive in California City in 1989, were he retired from in 2016.
He is survived by his wife Helen of 58 years, daughter Bobbi Patillo and husband Steve, son Larry and wife Juanita, son Jeff Dennis and wife Becky, 7 grandchildren and spouses and 15 great-grandchildren,3 great, great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be on February 1, 2020 at 2pm followed by a reception at the First Baptist Church, 8770 Lupine Loop, California City.