The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 11, 2014

Edward Regis Denning


INDIANA, PA. — DENNING – Edward Regis, 92, Indiana, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Moorehead House Personal Care Home, where he was a resident. Born Sept. 22, 1921, in Indiana, son of the late John and Genevieve (Sweeney) Denning. He was twice widowed. His first wife, Mary Patricia (O’Brien) Denning, died in 1975. His second wife, Rita O’Brien, died in 2013. Mr. Denning graduated from Indiana High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. Following the war, he returned to Indiana, where he resumed his job with the R&P Coal Co. as a business accountant, a position he held for 45 years until his retirement in September 1986. Ed was always interested in tinkering with the latest technologies. He was a car enthusiast and a former member of the Triumph Club in Indiana. He belonged to the Elks Club and Indiana VFW. He was a longtime supporter of IUP arts and athletics. Member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church. He will be remembered by his nieces, Mary O’Brien, Virginia Beach, Va.; Terry A. O’Brien, Summerville, S.C.; Kathleen O’Brien and Maureen (O’Brien) Dermott, both of Carlisle; Eileen (O’Brien) Sweeney, Plainfield, Conn.; and Erin O’Brien, Central Village, Conn. Also survived by other nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles and J. Raymond Denning, Genevieve (Denning) Nibert Strittmatter and M. Rita (Denning) Hartnett. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, Indiana. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at Online condolences may be offered at

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