DENNIS GRACE

Dennis Grace, age 72, of Elkhart Lake, WI passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 21, 2016.

Dennis was born in Milwaukee to Ruth M. and Robert A. Grace. He graduated from Brookfield Central High School and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 48 years ago, on August 10, he married the love of his life, Karen King. They lived in Michigan, Illinois and Sheboygan Falls before moving to their beloved home in Elkhart Lake in 1979.

Dennis was an automotive service instructor for more than 34 years. The last 30 years were spent at Lakeshore Technical College. To say that Dennis was passionate about his teaching would be an understatement. Not only was he technically proficient and thoroughly prepared, but he cared deeply about his students and strictly maintained high standards. The successes of his students were a source of tremendous pride for him. The most difficult day of Dennis’ career was his last day of teaching.

Dennis believed strongly in ongoing professional development. To that end, he was a proud charter member of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. He attended NACAT conferences from 1974 - 2016 where he formed lifelong friendships with instructors and industry professionals from throughout the United States and Canada.

In his leisure time, Dennis was equally passionate about road racing. According to him, Road America is the happiest place on Earth! Dennis’ race friends always knew just where to find him at the track, too--on corner 5!

Dennis faced the challenges of Multiple Scleroses for over 30 years with courage, dignity and a sense of humor. Those who asked how he was doing would invariably be told (with a smile) “Getting better by the minute!”

Dennis is survived by his loving wife: Karen of Elkhart Lake; his uncle: Jim Sette Sr. (Delores) of Sacramento, CA; brother: Jim (Nancy) Grace of Bellingham, WA; father-in-law: Jim King of Shullsburg, WI; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Gayle and Jim Stoycheff of Waterloo, IA; nieces: Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff of Detroit, MI and Dr. Lindsey Stoycheff of Phoenix, AZ; numerous special cousins and a host of wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother: Bill Grace, and his mother-in-law: Mavis King.

A service celebrating Dennis’ life will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 in the Tufte Centre (lower level of the new Paddock Shop) at Road America. Enter at Gate 6, straight ahead to guard station for directions. Social at 2:00 P.M., service at 3:00 P.M., reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the National MS Society. They will be earmarked for research.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.


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