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Dennis Moran

1935 - 2016

Dennis B,. Moran age 81 of Rogers City
died peacefully at home in the afternoon
of October 18, 2016 following a short bout with cancer.

He was born January 27, 1935 in Ludington
to Allison and Alma (Hansen) Moran.

Denny enter the United States Air Force toward the latter part of the
Korean War. After the service he returned to Michigan and took up
residence around the Grand Rapids area, In the summer of 1991 he and
his family relocated to Rogers City and purchased the Presque Isle Motel.
Denny fell in love with Rogers City, the people, and the sense of
community that is all but lost in many parts of the world. He saw a
certain beauty in this small town and felt a compulsion, almost a personal
obligation to leave this town, this community, better than he had found it.
Many people know Denny by the many hats he wore. As an active member
of the community, one may know him from his work with tourism,
building houses for Habitat for Humanity, or maybe the good works done
through the Masonic Lodge or one of the many other civic organizations
he left his mark on throughout the years. Perhaps you know him as the
friendly man walking around town (a smile is contagious), or as “Oops”
the clown, maybe you even brought your little ones out at Christmas
when he would dress up as your local Santa Claus (don’t tell the kids… ).
He self-appointed himself as Rogers City’s “good will ambassador”, yet,
many simply know his as the “Bike Man”, However you know him, he
was a friend to all, young and old. What a remarkable life. We were so
fortunate to have shared our life together.

Surviving Dennis is:
his loving wife of 52 years, Cheryl Moran;
sister, Patricia Flaim of Davison;
2 sons, Curtis (Kristine) Moran of Allendale and
Shawn (Heather) Moran of Alpena;
7 grandchildren, Travis Thornton, Madison Thornton,
Curtis (Lauren) Moran, Tyler (Melissa) Moran,
Ashley Moran, Derrick Hincka, and Nathan Bruder; and
3 great grandchildren, Sawyer, Gavin and Kenleigh,
sister-in-law, Beverly Moran of Sparta and
daughter-in-law, Carrie Thornton of Hawks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allison and Alma Moran;
brother, Ted Moran; and
a son, Michael Thornton,

A memorial gathering will take place at the Beck Funeral Home this
Sunday, October 23nd from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to Hospice of the
Sunrise Shore or Friends Together of Alpena,

We are eternally grateful to each and every one of you,

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Dennis Moran – Beck Funeral Home – Rogers City, MI