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Dennis A. Smith

October 4, 1964 April 25, 2021
Dennis A. Smith
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Dennis A. Smith, age 56, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly on April 25, 2021. Beloved husband of Heidi; loving father of Austin James Smith; devoted son of Marie and the late Wayne Smith; dear brother of Greg (Terry), Brian (Karen) and Mark (Kristi) Smith; fond uncle, cousin and friend of many. Dennis liked to say that he was born a Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, aspiring Brit and honorary Cajun. He travelled the world for both work and pleasure and called everywhere he landed his home.

Born in Michigan, Dennis and his family moved to Orange, Texas which is where he spent his formative years. He has shared many stories of his time spent playing sports, fishing with his dad and brothers and learning all the lessons of a young man in Texas.

Dennis was highly ambitious and put himself through engineering school and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He went immediately into the oil industry and worked for various companies including Conoco/Phillips and most recently with BP. Dennis was Operations Assurance & Labor Relations Programs Manager with B.P. (British Petroleum). He worked in the oil industry for many years. He was an incredibly hard worker, mentor to so many and was often referred to a “MacGuyver” because he seemed to be able to solve problems everywhere. He did so much for so many yet never wanted to take any credit.

Dennis had a big personality, a big laugh and an even bigger heart. He never met a stranger. His passions include hunting, fishing and golf and he was good at all of them. At home, he was a BBQ pit master and made the best barbecued ribs, brisket and homemade sausage. People would come from far and wide for his smoked potato chips. He was a self-proclaimed wine and coffee snob and a bourbon afficionado. A nightly old-fashioned was always on the menu.

Dennis has travelled the world and has been everywhere from Alaska to Croatia, from Greece to Abu Dhabi. He was always up for another trip. The world was his to explore and he did it enthusiastically. He was a proud father and cherished his time and travels with his son, Austin, and always shared what he called “Life Lessons” with him.

Dennis had a saying that was “above every rainy day is a sunny day” and he believed it.

Visitation will be Sunday May 2, 2021 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Due to Covid restrictions, only invited family and friends will meet at St. Giles church at 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park for a private mass on Monday at 9:45 a.m. for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment is private. Please be advised that masks are required at all venues. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Red Cross ( or give blood!

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3:00 PM 5/2/2021 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 5/2/2021 6:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

***Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, a maximum of 50 people are allowed in the funeral home at any one time. Social Distancing is practiced and face masks are required.

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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10:00 AM 5/3/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/3/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Giles Church

1045 Columbian Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

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Due to Covid restrictions, only invited family and friends will meet at St. Giles church. Please join us virtually. Livestream link:

St. Giles Church
1045 Columbian Ave. Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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American Red Cross

PO Box 37839
Boone, IA 50037-0839

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