Dennis R. Mapes

July 14, 1950 - May 13, 2019

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Thursday, May 16, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Friday, May 17, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Friday, May 17, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Dennis R. Mapes, 68, of Kendallville died Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of his sister in Kendallville.

He was born July 14, 1950, in Kendallville to Lawrence and Martha (McCreary) Mapes.

He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 to 1979.

On March 14, 1981, in Kendallville he married Hazel J. Ledford.

Mr. Mapes retired from Dalton Foundry in Kendallville.

Dennis enjoyed all outdoor activities, including mowing grass, shoveling snow, gardening, and hunting for mushrooms. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved his children, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters with all his heart and was blessed to see them frequently.

Surviving are his wife Hazel Mapes of Kendallville; eight children, Dennis Mapes of Kendallville, Andrea Mapes of Kendallville, Kristina Mapes of Kendallville, Daniel Mapes of Kendallville Rebecca Handshoe of Kendallville, Douglas (Jillian) Mapes of Kendallville, Melinda Mapes of Kendallville, and Dustin Mapes of Fishers; seven grandchildren, Kayden, Kealen, and Kody Fuller; Brian and Damien Handshoe, Kevin Combs, and Lilliana Mapes; six sisters, Phyllis Mapes of Kendallville, Nancy Knox of Kendallville, Karen (Richard) Bell of Churubusco, Sally Mapes of Story Lake, Susan (Dan) Weirich of Huntertown, and Doris Christlieb of Kendallville; four brothers, Kenneth (Alleen) Mapes of Rome City, Robert (Marcy) Mapes of Red Oak, Texas, Lawrence Mapes of Kendallville, and Gale (Marsha) Mapes of LaGrange; sister-in-law, Rita (Frank) Walkup of Kendallville; and brother-in-law, Jerry (Ronda) Ledford of Kendallville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Knox; and a granddaughter, Haleigh Combs.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 17, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Pallbearers are Dennis Mapes, Jr., Daniel Mapes, Douglas Mapes, Dustin Mapes, Kayden Fuller, and Kealen Fuller.

Calling is Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

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Guest Book

David Conklin
July 16th, 2019 9:10am

I will miss him always.

Lori LaTurner
May 20th, 2019 3:52pm

Ken, I am sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. God's Speed

May 18th, 2019 4:30am

Best dad and grandpa in the world!!! I miss and love you so much dad!!!

Julie and Greg Baka
May 17th, 2019 1:21pm
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

We are so sorry to hear of this. May you all find peace in the days ahead.

Robin campbell
May 16th, 2019 10:58pm
Kend in

So sorry for Dennis passing I know he will be remembered forever through his wife and kids God bless him RIP now

Debra Terry
May 16th, 2019 3:09am

So very saddened to hear of Dennis’s passing. My deepest condolences to all the family. He will be deeply missed.

Larry&Fay Anglemyer Sr
May 16th, 2019 12:56am

Love & prayers for y'all

C. Sue Mozena
May 15th, 2019 8:53pm

My heart is with your family .Bless all of you at this difficult time.

Deborah Perry
May 15th, 2019 6:20pm

Prayers being sent from our family to his family and friends. I knew him long ago and have done memories.

Marilyn Mapes Barrett
May 15th, 2019 4:44am
Owensville, Indiana

My thoughts and prayers for his family and friends. With love to all.

Jack D. Knox
May 15th, 2019 3:02am
North Carolina

My deepest sympathy and empathy to Hazel, kids and family. Words cannot express the void that comes next but knowing that Dennis isn't suffering any further is an enlightenment in itself during this period of grief. Always and Forever your Nephew Jackie

Ken L. Hendricks Sr
May 15th, 2019 2:06am
United States

Dan and Sue and family...So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

Janet Kretler
May 14th, 2019 11:24pm

My dear Uncle! May you rest in peace. Now you can make your famous cinnamon rolls you always made for your sister my loving Mother in heaven.. Prayers going up for Aunt Hazel and her family.

Bob & Cyndi Shippy
May 14th, 2019 10:52pm
Fort Wayne, In

So sorry to hear of Dennis passing. I'm sure he's at peace, and no more suffering. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Patty Price
May 14th, 2019 10:28pm
907 South Main Street Kendallv

You will be missed by many including me. My fondest memory of Dennis when he’d be out just walking down the alley as his grandchildren ride their bikes. If I’d be outside, he would always stop to say hi or see how I was doing. . My most recent memory and I’m very greatful to of had such a neighbor as Dennis, I had fell outside and Dennis came running to help. He stayed with me until I was up from the ground and made it inside. Both Dennis and Hazel are good people and I am blessed to of hadDennis as a neighbor. We’re here Hazel if you need anything. Patty and Jason.

Ellen Treace
May 14th, 2019 9:32pm
Ashley, In

I have very fond memories of Uncle Dennis. He will be greatly missed for sure. Praying strong for the family.

Richard mapes
May 14th, 2019 9:20pm
Oceanside, calif

My condolences to Hazel, your children and all the siblings of Dennis! From Dick his cousin!

David Conklin
May 14th, 2019 8:35pm
14447 N. Uldriks Dr. Battle

I will miss my Cousin Dennis. We grew up together in Kendallville and moved away. David Conklin

Janel Childers
May 14th, 2019 6:54pm

Dennis was a good uncle. I have fond memories of him. He will be missed by all. Praying for Hazel and the kids.

Rick Stevens
May 14th, 2019 5:37pm

Dennis and all his family were good friends with my family for many years. He was a close friend of my brother as well. Prayers to all his friends, family and loved ones.

Travis Knox
May 14th, 2019 4:09pm

Dennis was always very kind when I would run into him at Kroger or wherever. Thoughts and prayers to those who cherrished him most

April Mapes Johnson
May 14th, 2019 4:01pm

Prayers for the family

Terry shreve
May 14th, 2019 3:55pm
Woodland park colorado

RIP to a high school friend. I have great memories from hanging out and cruising around in his road runner. Prayers to all of his family.