Born in Decatur, Illinois on July 16th, 1951

Departed on January 16th, 2020 and resided in Aurora, Colorado

    Dennis C. Longwill, 68, of Aurora, Colorado (previously of Decatur) passed away January 16, 2020 in his home.

    Dennis was born July 16, 1951, the son of Max and Margot Crowe. He was later adopted by Robert W. Longwill when he married Dennis’ mother Margot.

    Surviving are his brothers, Wayne Longwill and wife Debbie of Decatur, Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Steven Longwill of Mandeville, Louisiana, sisters Kimberly Longwill and partner Keith Luxa of Decatur, Pam French and husband Larry of Carson City, Nevada, and Valerie Hilliard of Stagecoach, Nevada. Dennis also has nine surviving nieces.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Dennis worked for over 40 years in the music business. He co-founded and co-owned “New Age Music” in 1976 in Bloomington, Illinois and later moved to Denver, Colorado where he continued his music career until his passing.

    Dennis’ most endearing qualities were his kindness and “Love of Life”. Dennis devoted his life to singing, writing, performing and promoting music, as well as helping others. Dennis spent many years as a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange in Aurora Colorado. Their mission was to connect children of all ages that were in foster care with families who wanted to adopt.

    He enjoyed spending the time with the children. He was also an avid baseball player and fan who knew the game and the associated history and statistics as well as anybody. He played softball every year until he was nearly 60 years old. In 1993 he became an inaugural season ticket holder of the Colorado Rockies and was for the next 27 years. Dennis loved sports in general, and he also spent a few years as a sports commentator on a sports radio program in the Denver area.

    Memorial services for Dennis will be held at a later date.

    Guestbook Entries

    Valerie Weinreich

    Duke you left us too soon, You will be missed. Dennis was such a part of our growing family. He taught my boys music. He talked sports with them. He loved to hang with my husband. We all rooted for The Bears!💕

    February 16th, 2020 at 9:30am
    Leslie Gershon

    I met Duke through Valerie and Chris Weinreich. Duke was a wonderful person!! 
    I so enjoyed being around him! My deep condolences to Duke’s family.

    February 16th, 2020 at 10:07am
    John Bastian

    When I came to Denver at Thanksgiving time to be with Brad and Kerry, Duke set up the “weather or not golf tournament”. We played in some really bad conditions. Thank you Duke for your enthusiastic interest in the tourney; it will never be the same without you.
    John Bastian (Kerry’s dad)

    February 16th, 2020 at 11:46am
    Mark Erlandson

    Hey Duke, 
    Rest peacefully buddy! Find yourself some Rockies fans and a good golfing foursome! 🏌🏼‍♂️

    February 23rd, 2020 at 6:05am

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