Handsome Papa
Colonel Joseph Frederick Denniston, USAF, Retired
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 7, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Philippines
  • Date of passing: Apr 23, 2015
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Funeral will be held on October 8th at Arlington National Cemetary. Please arrive at the administration building by 8:15am. Service is at 9am.

Colonel Joseph Frederick Denniston, USAF, Retired, 81, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away in his sleep on Thursday April 23, 2015. Joe was born at Camp Murphy in the Philippines on April 7, 1934. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia F. Denniston.

He is survived by a loving family: son Joseph F. Jr. (Annette); son Douglas P. (Shaleen); daughter Erin E. Burridge (Bruce); daughter Mary E. (Mollie) Franke (Michael); son Kevin G. (Tricia); grandchildren: Stephanie, Rebecca (Becky), Bruce (Boomer), Eric, Joseph (Joey), Makayla, Jenna, Christian, Katherine, Patrick, Emmalee, greatgrandchildren: Cecilia, Therrick, Max.

Joe was a devout Catholic who attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated Cum Laude in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Joe received his MBA at Michigan State in 1966. Joe loved everything Notre Dame, and often spoke of his time there, the many memories and friends he made during his years in school. It was during his time at Notre Dame that Joe met his loving wife Patricia (Patty). Joe and Patty were married on August 8, 1959. They stayed happily married for 52 years before the time of Patty’s passing June 22, 2011. Joe served 29 years in the US Air Force. His service included 2 tours of duty in the Vietnam War and time with Tactical Air Command, Strategic Air Command, Military Air Command and Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon.

Joe loved dogs, boating, golfing, political history, reading history and spy novels, and watching any Notre Dame sports he could find on television. Joe will be deeply missed, but all who loved him are comforted knowing that he has been reunited with his bride in the Glory of Our Lord.

It would mean the world to our family to share a story or memory you have of Joe. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Becky Driscoll on 30th April 2015

"My Papa was the best Grandfather a girl could be blessed with. He created the most beautiful family that I am so fortunate to be a part of. He was always there to listen, give advice, and remind me that family is what makes life rich. He gave the best hugs. I will miss those hugs. I love you Papa and I am sad that you left us so soon. I'm comforted to know you are with Nana in Heaven watching over us. Thank you for blessing me with a beautiful family.

XOXO, Your Granddaughter Becky"


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Becky Driscoll
Erin Burridge
Mollie Franke
Joe Denniston
Kevin Denniston
Doug Denniston

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