John Edward Dench

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John Edward Dench, age 95, of Newton, NJ, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 24, 2021, at his home. He was the beloved husband of Virginia M. Dench, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born in West Orange, NJ, John was the son of William and Lillian Dench.

He graduated West Orange High School in 1944 and served immediately afterward with the Army Air Forces. After his military service, he graduated from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. John was employed by Allied Chemical Corp. (now Honeywell) and worked there as a chemical engineer and project manager for more than 30 years.

A longtime member of the United Methodist Church, John had also served on the board for Mt. Fern United Methodist Church and teaching Sunday School classes. Mr. Dench enjoyed a number of hobbies throughout his life, including rockhounding, travel, reading, hiking, jogging, camping, photography, and nature. He will be lovingly remembered for the time he spent sharing his numerous interests with his four children, in national parks, historical sites, science, art, lapidary, technology, and faith.

John is survived by his wife, Virginia (nee Fulton), of Newton, NJ, his sons, John (Amy) of New York City, and Donald (Maryann) of New Jersey, his daughters Nancy (Fayek) of Egypt, and Cynthia (Glen) of Virginia. Mr. Dench is also survived by his grandchildren Rafaela, Angela, Danny and Katie as well as his brother, Donald, 93 (Susan) of Twentynine Palms, CA.

A Visitation/Viewing will be held Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 from 10AM-12 noon in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St., Rt. 206, Newton, NJ. Funeral Services in the funeral home beginning at Noon, immediately followed by graveside interment services in the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery #77 DeForest Avenue, East Hanover, NJ 07936 Online condolences through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com

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