Dennis Ray Martin, age 57, of Belvidere, IL, passed away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on August 30, 2018.  He was born October 7, 1960 in Tiptonville, TN to his loving parents, Willam T. Gross and Mary Martin.

Dennis attended Elgin High School, and worked in a variety of careers, most recently as a maintenance man at a hospital in Frederick, MD and at the YMCA in Rockford, IL.
Loved ones will remember Dennis’ wonderful sense of humor. He was always joking with the kids in his family.  He had a generous heart and was always willing to help family and friends with whatever they needed.
His number one pastime was spending time with loved ones, for whom he created so many joyful memories, whether it was traveling together or just spending time doing everyday activities. In his free time, Dennis also enjoyed carpentry work and painting for family and friends.
Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Martin; father William T. Gross; sisters Marylee Lark, Linda A. Boone,and Judy Martin; brothers Rickey Elam and Gene B. Gross; uncle Anderson Earl Martin; and aunt Sue Gross.
Dennis is survived by his daughters, Marian Rogers of Rockford, IL, Savanna Lester of Chicago, IL, and son Jonathan Turner, of Elgin, IL; sisters  Joann (Greg) Council, of Elgin IL, Carolyn (Donnell) Martin, of Belvidere, IL, Barbara Martin of Rockford, IL, Lajona Boyd, Theresa Gross, and Tiffnie (Jerome) Gates, all of Tiptonville, TN, Regina Gross, of Elkhart, IN; brothers Edward Gene Martin, Randy Martin of Rockford, IL, Demitrius Martin of Elgin, IL, Edward Fox of Tucson, AZ, Michael (Girdie) Martin, of Nashville, TN, Anthony (Colby) Cobbs, of Flint, MI, William Gross and Randy Gross, both of Tiptonville, TN, and Scotty Gross, of Ridgely, TN; cousins Kent Martin, Tony Gross, Willie B. Williams, and Kim Martin; along with a host of  Nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 10:00a.m. until time of service at 12:00p.m. at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120, Rev. Willie Tate officiating.  Interment to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin.  For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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