DIXON – Edward D. Dempsey, 79, of Dixon, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at his home. He worked as a meat cutter for more than 40 years at Kroger in Dixon and Sterling; and Lucky Stores in Las Vegas.
Edward was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Amboy, the son of Edward J. and Margaret Anna (Blackburn) Dempsey. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Edward married Frances “Tancy” Lahey on Feb. 6, 1951, at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon.
Survivors include his wife of Dixon; his children, Kathleen A. (Robert) Hoyle and Edward J. Dempsey, both of Dixon, Patrick E. (Jean) Dempsey of Rock Falls, Gayleen M. (Ron) Davenport of San Antonio, Mary J. Parker of Scottsdale, Ariz., Margaret E. Kalina of Gilbert, Ariz., Anne M. (Randy) Brown of Phoenix, Susan C. (Clint) Tabor of Mesa, Ariz., and Francis S. (Megan) Dempsey of Las Vegas; one sister, June Friel of Dixon; 13 grandchildren, Michael R. (Malina) Hoyle, Breanna M. Dempsey, and Lindsay K. Dempsey, all of Dixon, Patrick S. Hoyle of Rochelle, Sean D. Dempsey of Kansas City, Kan., Zachary C. Tabor and Haley N. Tabor, both of Mesa, Ariz., Holli A. Hack of Glendale, Ariz., Lauren N. Davenport of Austin, Texas, Elizabeth A. Parker of Scottsdale, Ariz., Shea F. Kalina and Kyle J. Kalina, both of Gilbert, Ariz., and Kevin J. Dempsey of Las Vegas; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan M. and Alicia M. Hoyle of Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin Dempsey; and two brothers, Gordon and Joseph Dempsey.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains, with military graveside honors accorded by the combined Dixon veterans group, will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Jones Funeral Home, Dixon.
A memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent at www.thejonesfh.com on the Internet.