Dennis Leon Laffin, age 77, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, at his rural Rockford home.


Born March 30, 1945, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Dwight & Minnie (Brehm) Laffin.


His wife of 58 years, Gloria (Fickert) Laffin, survives, along with their daughters: Dawn (Doug) Marvel 

of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Diana (Gene) Hynde of Muskegon, Michigan, four grandchildren: Ashley 

(Ethan) Miller, Toby Marvel (fiancée Laura Fawzi), Blaine Hynde, and Kennedy Hynde, great grandchild, 

Maddox Miller, his sisters: Jannis (Dan) Osterloh, Cinda (Bob) Cook, and Trude Laffin, all of Celina, and 

his brother & sisters-in-law: Wayne (Sally) Fickert of Rockford, and Pamela Laffin of Celina.


He was preceded in death by his brother, Darryl “Doc” Laffin.


A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dennis served with the Big Red 1 during the Vietnam War.  After attending 

Celina High School, he worked for 22 years at General Electric in Decatur, and was a lifelong farmer.


Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family.  He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchild, and 

loved following their sporting events and activities.


Dennis was also an avid hunter and fisherman all of his life.  He was a lifelong member of the former 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Rockford, where he served the church in many various roles.    


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 28, at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, 

1538 Oregon Road, Rockford.  Pastor Douglas Meyer is officiating.


Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Country Church Cemetery.


Calling Hours are 3:00-7:00 PM, Friday, May 27, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home 

in Celina, and 10:00-11:00 AM on Saturday, at the church.


Memorial Contributions may be made to EverHeart Hospice or St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford.


Condolences can be expressed to Dennis' family at



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