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Dennis Leo Durkos, Sr., age 79, of Columbia Ave., Greenville passed away Tuesday morning, January 2, 2024 in his residence. He was born in Sharon on April 22, 1944 a son of Joseph George and Elizabeth Jane (Priscaro) Durkos.

On November 30, 1990 Dennis married the former Michelle Millward, she survives. He attended Grove City Schools and was employed for 35 years at Greenville Steel Car/ Trinity Industries and owned Durkos Painting for 14 years. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Fitzmartin council #1446. Dennis enjoyed bowling and was inducted into MCBHF in 2006, he had sponsored many tournaments and leagues at Celebrity Bowl and Greenville Bowling Center and served as an officer for many teams throughout the county. He had recorded 17 perfect games and two 800 sets throughout the years. He enjoyed everyone and loved cooking, especially using his spit to cook chickens for parties and making Easter cakes for family and friends. Dennis also enjoyed gardening, canning, and trying new recipes.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, he is survived by a son, Dennis Leo Durkos, Jr.; his siblings, Joseph Durkos and his wife Margie, Amanda Baker; three half-brothers, Daniel Durkos and his wife Kim, Gregory Durkos and his wife Jennifer and Richard Priscaro and his mother-in-law, Roseanne “Posy” Millward. Dennis loved spending time with his nieces and nephews, Danielle Parks Mathews (Coleby), Devon Parks Mathewson (Nick) and their son Parker, Dane Parks (Shana) and their son, Otto, Darien Parks, Wayne Wallace, Katie Durkos, Joe Durkos and John Durkos. A special thanks to Amedisys Hospice for the care afforded to Dennis during illness and especially to Scott, Deni, Cindy, Christy and Rob. Also, thanks to those who spent countless hours keeping Dennis company and making his days more enjoyable every week. His mother-in-law “Posy”, Bill Millward, Kathy Suich, Mary Ann Parks, Mary Lynn Varley, Katie Landfried, Susan Wallace and Ed Surrena (Dennis’s lifelong friend). Dennis loved everyone of you and thanks to all who visited him. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Betty Ann Katona.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday, January 6, 2024 in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, with Rev. Brandon Kleckner, Pastor of the church as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125 or the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366- 368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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17 Comments

  1. Gary Kathy Henry Gary Kathy Henry
    January 3, 2024    

    Mickey we are sorry to hear of Dennys passing. He fought a long and hard battle while keeping his faith and upbeat personality forefront. He will be missed.

  2. Bill & Linda Rinella Bill & Linda Rinella
    January 3, 2024    

    Dennis fought the battle like a trooper. His presence will be missed, but we will all be talking about his acts of kindness and wonderful personality. May his family find comfort and blessings in the love and support he has given throughout his life.

  3. Kim Ogg Kim Ogg
    January 3, 2024    

    Michelle-

    So very sorry for your loss. I know how much Dennis meant to you and what a special person he was. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Tracey Williams Tracey Williams
    January 3, 2024    

    So sorry to hear about Dennis
    I remember his Easter sausage cakes he used to make and give out.
    He always made me laugh and I will remember his kindness

  5. Mark and Janet Shearer Mark and Janet Shearer
    January 3, 2024    

    Michelle, deepest sympathy for you and your family. Mark always enjoyed working with Denny at Trinity and various painting jobs. He said he was always a good and loyal friend. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Diana and Dave Metz Diana and Dave Metz
    January 3, 2024    

    Prayers and hugs to you my dear friend.

  7. Laura Monteson Laura Monteson
    January 4, 2024    

    Michelle,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dennis. I remember you talking of him often. Please know that my prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hugs.
    Love, Laura Monteson

  8. Marc & Jean Rinella Marc & Jean Rinella
    January 4, 2024    

    Michelle and family,
    Dennis fought a long hard battle, may he rest in peace. Marc enjoyed his visits with Dennis and Joe. They were good friends for a long time. Dennis will be missed.
    You and your family will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 4, 2024    

    So sorry to hear, and prayers are with you all. My parents (Jack and Ruth Knapik) always spoke highly of Denny’s bowling, loved to watch him bowl! Perhaps they’ve all got a league in heaven

  10. Bob & Kim Yeany Bob & Kim Yeany
    January 5, 2024    

    We are so sorry to hear of Durks passing. He was a great person and a good friend and we have so many memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Michelle!

  11. Eric and Susan Rinella Eric and Susan Rinella
    January 5, 2024    

    Joe and Family, So sorry for the loss of your brother. May you find comfort in cherished memories

  12. Delores oliver Delores oliver
    January 5, 2024    

    Denny this is aunt dee dee and im very sorry for your loss of your dad. Love aunt dee dee

  13. Melanie Womer & Stanley Booker Melanie Womer & Stanley Booker
    January 5, 2024    

    Michelle, we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you.

  14. Ed Surrena Ed Surrena
    January 5, 2024    

    Yea durk was my best friend we had a lot of good times growing up together i will miss him so sorry for your loss michele. Your friend Ed

  15. Wayne and Mona Ankrom Wayne and Mona Ankrom
    January 6, 2024    

    Mickey,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. May the good Lord up lift you and comfort you during this difficult time.

  16. Carolyn Franklin Carolyn Franklin
    January 6, 2024    

    Michelle-I know how much you are going to miss Dennis. He was one of a kind who sure knew how to fight a battle. I am so amazed at what a trooper he was through his battle with cancer. May God watch over you now more than ever. You have a fantastic support group who all love you and I’m sure will be there for you. I am just so sorry I couldn’t be and can’t be there now for you. But just know I am only a text or phone call away and I will see you this summer. Take care my dear friend. Hugs and much love, Carolyn and also from Nichole-she so admired Dennis.

  17. Bill Sumners Bill Sumners
    January 7, 2024    

    Sorry for your loss Michelle. Denny was great person. Always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed!

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