Dennis J. Gehring, 82, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Dennis J. Gehring, 82, Watertown, passed away Friday morning, Aug. 14, 2020, at Samaritan Keep Home where he resided for three years.

Born Oct. 15, 1937, in Watertown, a son of John J. “Jack” and Anne G. Harris Gehring, he was a graduate of Watertown High School.

A marriage to Judith Shepard ended in divorce.

He was a mechanic for Cheney Tire for 60 years.

He was a member of Watertown Sportsman Club. Dennis enjoyed fishing, hunting, and bowling.

He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling, gambling, and going to casinos with his life partner, Betty. He was an avid NY Yankee and LA Rams fan.

Dennis is survived by his son Mark J. Gehring and wife Valerie, Calcium; daughter Kristine Y. Cushman and husband Michael, TN; two grandchildren, Gabrielle Gehring and Zachery Cushman; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Terry K. Gehring and wife Barbara J., Watertown; niece Michelle Jeican and husband Tim, Watertown; great-niece Jessica Deshane; his companion of thirty years Betty A. Scordo and her family, Watertown; and several cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown at his family’s convenience.

A public graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, in Brookside Cemetery, town of Watertown, with masks and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers donations in Dennis’ name may be made to either The American Heart Assoc., c/o Stacy Spaziani, 204 Iroquois Ave. W., or Samaritan Keep Activities Fund, Attn. 3rd Floor, 133 Pratt St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.

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