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Obituary for Dennis Collister

January 8, 1949 - August 17, 2020
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 71

Loving Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Friend


Dennis Collister, 71 of Avon Lake passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife of 47 years and his 3 children following a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born January 8, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents William and Carol (nee Winters) Collister. He grew up in Rocky River and was a 1967 graduate of Rocky River High School, where he lettered playing baseball and was active in the marching band and theater. He attended Kent State University from 1967-1972 and was enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. He obtained his private pilot's license through the program, and maintained a lifelong interest in aviation.

Following college, Dennis began his professional career as a salesman, eventually graduating to territory manager. In his later working years, he graduated from the police academy and was
employed as a police officer for ArcelorMittal Steel at the time of his retirement. Dennis was actively involved in his community. He was a member of St. Joseph Church where he recently joined the choir. He served as a volunteer at the Cleveland MetroParks, where he was able to combine his fondness for nature with his enjoyment of golf. When his children were growing up, he volunteered as a baseball and softball coach and helped set up the Avon Lake Girls Softball League.

He had a wide variety of interests and hobbies. He had a sharp mind and enjoyed starting his day with crossword and sudoku puzzles. While raising their children, summers were spent exploring Lake Erie on the family sailboat. In the winter the family enjoyed taking ski trips to the slopes of New York and Pennsylvania. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed sharing a laugh with company. He made a damn good martini and mastered the art of grilling a perfectly medium-rare steak.

His wife cherishes memories of summertime bike rides to see the sunsets on Lake Erie, his offbeat sense of humor, his love for rock and folk music from the 60's and 70's, and his enjoyment of Humphry Bogart and John Wayne movies. Most of all, she will remember his love and devotion to his family. His children will remember him for his empathy for others, strong work ethic, fondness of dogs (who returned the sentiment) and his never-ending quest for the best bargains to be found at discount outlets across Greater Cleveland.

He is survived by his beloved wife Caron (nee Crist); loving children Daniel (Jennifer), Leah, and Carolyn (Patrick Kokinda); cherished grandchildren Corwin and Delaney; dear siblings Elizabeth Grider and William Collister (Paula); and faithful companion Lily the dog.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Velosano Cancer Research Initiative at Cleveland Clinic 9500 Euclid Ave. DVB, Cleveland, OH 44195 or at

Mass will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10am at St. Joseph Church 32946 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. Friends may call for a visitation with social distancing and facial coverings on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Busch Funeral Home 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. 440.933.3202

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163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
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