Sept. 19, 1939-Dec. 21, 2013
Submitted by Donna Christner-Lile
On Dec. 21, Pleasanton, California lost a very dear resident, Dennis Lile. Born in South Bend, Indiana in 1939, Dennis grew up in Greenville, Kentucky and attended Greenville schools. As was customary in that locale, after high school he started working in the coal strip mining industry in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Dennis was a miner for 25 years, until the coal mines in that region closed.
In 1988, he moved to California with his wife Donna. In 1991, he established Pacific Real Estate Services in Pleasanton. Dennis served the real estate and mortgage industry in California for over 20 years until he retired.
Although he enjoyed the Real Estate business, his real love was cooking. Friends and neighbors knew him best as the one who entertained with scrumptious meals. Often he would show up at their doorstep with biscuits, stews, cakes and whatever culinary delight he wanted to cook that day, just to make someone's day a little brighter. He was an active member of Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, and later Trinity Lutheran in Pleasanton.
Dennis is survived by his wife Donna, Brett Lile and family, John Lile of Kentucky, Brett Illers and family of Pleasanton, and brother Larry and family in Greenville, Kentucky. Heaven has truly received a kind and loving husband, father, friend and "Chef."
From The Russo's
Jan. 8, 2014
Dennis was the sweetest neighbor one could have. We will miss the southern gentleman who always had a smile on his face while walking his beloved dogs. He often stopped by with wonderful treats for us to enjoy, his "angry pasta" was amazing. You will be missed.
From Dave & Lori McNeff, Ryon & Erynn
Jan. 5, 2014
The fondest memories I have of Uncle Dennis were his soft southern accent, his laugh, his patient manner and his yummy cooking! He will always be special to me because of how he loved and treated my Grandma Christner, his mother-in-law. He could always make her laugh and recognized what a special lady she was, which, inturn, made him a very special man to me!
You are greatly missed Uncle Dennis, but we know that you are now taking great care of grandma and that we will see you again. May you rest in peace. Love you! Lori
From Katie Hattemar
Jan. 2, 2014
Well uncle Dennis had a wonderful smile no one could forget. When ever uncle Dennis and Aunt Donna would come in to town they would call the house phone and say" were in town" my sister and I would whisper in the phone "can we stay with you at the hotel but don't tell mom we asked." Haha so much fun. So of course we got to stay with them. I remember uncle Dennis getting us snacks and us all cuddling on the bed together and laughing. He is going to be missed dearly. I love you Uncle Dennis. You were truly an amazing man.
From Jeannie Hattemar
Jan. 1, 2014
My fondest memories of Uncle Dennis are of his soft spoken voice, his unconditional love,his cooking, and fun loving ways. One time when he and Aunt Donna came back to visit he wanted to cook supper....spagetti. I was a bit nervous and reluctant to let him in my kitchen as I was never known for my cooking skills. As he starts muddling through my cabinets he quickly saw that this was going to call for a trip to the grocery store and off he went. He didn't like my selection of spices or lack there of. Anyway he came back with 3 sacks of groceries, mostly spices, for simple spagetti. He gave me his famous wink and said "this will get you started" as he snickered. We had many laughs over silly things such as Beeno, Almond joy candy bars, picking Grandma off the floor and the list goes on.
His passing leaves a very deep void in my Aunt Donna's heart as well as the rest of his family but we all have wonderful memories that noone can take from us. So Uncle Dennis I hope you are enjoying a beer and your letting Grandma have an Almond joy. I send my love.
RIP until we meet again.xoxo
From Bobbi Garcia
Dec. 30, 2013
This September Den danced with his precious Pippa at our daughter's wedding. She was the center of his universe.
We miss him.
Bobbi and Mike Garcia
From June Waters Daugherty
Dec. 29, 2013
Although many years have passed since I have seen Dennis, I remember him with so many happy thoughts. Donna, my sincere sympathy and prayers go to you.
A classmate from Greenville High School, June
From Janice O'Connell
Dec. 28, 2013
Dennis has always been to me,"My Handsome, Southern Gentlemanly Brother-in-law". That's just what he was.
We were so lucky to have him in the family. We'll miss him.
From Becky and Micki
Dec. 28, 2013
We thank Dennis for the many wonderful memories, such a soft spoken, southern gentleman who truly enjoyed making everyone feel genuinely welcomed and special.
How fortunate we were to have known him as an exceptional friend.
He'll never be gone as he'll live on in our memories.
Love and prayers Donna, to you and those you hold dear.
From Sharon Stovall
Dec. 27, 2013
Dennis was a dear friend to Charlie and me for many years. I know he will be greatly missed and the family is in my prayers.
From Sarah Loughran
Dec. 27, 2013
My prayers for his family here that we know and for you Donna and your family. He was such a nice man,