Dennie Ray Clonch, beloved grandfather, father, brother, friend and BMW motorcycle enthusiast, died at his Seguin, Texas home July 1, 2014. He was 80.
Preceded in death by his father Raymond Clonch and his mother Hazel Hock Clonch, Dennie is survived by his children John Clonch of Corpus Christi, Texas, James Clonch of Forney, Texas and Patricia Clonch Samuels of Kansas City, Missouri. He is also survived by brother Delinn Clonch of West Richland, Washington and sister Lynda Gorman of North Platte, Nebraska. Brian, Caitlin, Aaron, Alissa, Kenzie and Anna all lost the world’s best Grandpa.
Born May 22, 1934, Dennie grew up in McCook, Nebraska and saw the world courtesy of Uncle Sam’s Navy. He was honorably discharged in November of 1960 and then spent his working life as a lineman for Ma Bell. He moved his family to Corpus Christi, Texas after spending one too many Nebraska winters atop a frozen telephone pole. He lived a few years in Austin, Texas before moving permanently to Seguin in the early 1990s. Most mornings you could find Dennie enjoying a Donut Palace breakfast and come Tuesday afternoons he never missed the Luling City Market BBQ rib run with his friends John, Nancy and Dolores.
Dennie’s great passion was hitting the open road, be it on his BMW motorcycle, in his Corvette or pulling a camping trailer. He attended countless motorcycle rallies across the country and particularly relished the BMW events.
In 2005, he traveled to the assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky and personally took delivery of his new, red Corvette, the last of three that he owned in his lifetime. Dennie was always itching to ride a wild road before time ran out.
Dennie Ray Clonch will be interred at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. A memorial service date has not been set.