Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Dennis W. Slone, 54, of Lakeland, Fla., and a native of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Orlando Regional Hospital after being struck by a car while working in a construction zone.

Following graduation from Des Moines Technical High School in 1977, he worked in the Des Moines area before moving to Texas. In Arlington, Texas, he met and married Claudia Hypa-Malone. They returned to Des Moines in 1985, and in 1998 moved to Key West, Fla., where he was employed by Key Iron Works. In 2003, they moved to Lakeland, working as a superintendent for Clark Hunt Construction of Clearwater. In March of this year, he joined Cronin Construction Company in Orlando as their general superintendent.

Dennis loved baseball and enjoyed coaching Little League when his sons were young. He loved music and was a self-taught guitar player. Dennis also enjoyed spending time with family, especially his young grandchildren.

Dennis is survived by his sons, Joshua (Jennifer) Malone of Italy and Dean Slone of Key West; parents, Duane and Carolyn Slone of Parrish, Fla.; sisters Pam (Tom) Cannon of Spring Hill, Fla., and Sandra Brehmer of Goose Creek, S.C.; five grandchildren, LilyAnn and Jeremy Malone of Italy and Dallas, Dylan and Cadence Slone of Key West; nephew Phillip Cannon of Tampa, Fla.; and niece Emilie Cannon of Spring Hill. Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Claudia, and sister Kim Slone.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Groover Funeral Home, Ellenton, Fla. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the memorial. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hubbard House, located next to Orlando Regional Hospital, which helps families during loved ones' hospital stays.