Dennis (60) and Linda (59) passed away in their home on Monday, January 27, 2014. Dennis was born on June 22, 1953, to Bobby Lee and Mary Rose (Daniels) Black in Inglewood CA. Dennis’s father passed away in 1961; his mother married Edward Newton Wood in 1965. Dennis’s Dad passed away in 2011.
Linda was born on January 15, 1955, to Arthur Keith and Mary Alice (Hearn) Henry in Whittier, CA.
Dennis and Linda met in school and developed a close friendship. They both graduated from Huntington Beach High School. Dennis graduated in 1971 and attended Oregon State University for one year. Linda graduated in January of 1973. They were united in marriage on March 10, 1973, starting their life as best friend and inseparable soul mates. They settled in Roseburg, OR, and had their precious daughter, Heather Ann Black, on September 27, 1975. She became the center of their lives.
By mutual agreement, Dennis chose to be a stay-at-home Dad and Linda chose to be the ‘breadwinner’ of the family. He loved caring for Heather and keeping the home fires burning for Linda. Dennis also worked out of their home as a contract draftsman for Wood Engineering, Inc., a business owned by his dad and mother, Edward and Mary Rose Wood. Linda loved being out among people. She worked for Bi-Mart in Roseburg, then transferred to Sutherlin Bi-Mart. She loved the customers she served and the people she worked with developing many lasting friendships. After 25+ years, she retired in 2010, due to serious health issues. She looked forward to her trips to Bi-Mart to catch-up with her friends and she appreciated their interest and prayers for Dennis and her regarding health issues.
Dennis and Linda lost their daughter, Heather, after a long battle with Leukemia, on December 7, 1996. This was the darkest time of their lives. They relied on the strength of their commitment to each other, and the love and support of their families and many friends. Much of what sustained them through this time was to help others. Linda loved to crochet and made beautiful Afghans to sell at charity events in support of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and other causes. She would also crochet or knit pot holders and dishcloths to give as gift packages to leave with Mercy Volunteers to distribute. Besides crocheting, Linda also loved scrapbooking, stamping, creating cards and decorative pencils.
Dennis was an avid hunter. Linda hunted with him and loved the jerky he made from their successful hunts. Dennis and Linda were lifetime members of the NRA. Dennis was also a gun enthusiast. This interest developed when he has very young and he learned everything he could about weapons, bullets, reloading, etc. One of the hardest things for Dennis and Linda to give up was hunting when Dennis developed prostate cancer that invaded his bones. However, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of weapons and hunting with his nephews, and other family members and friends. His favorite places to window-shop were gun stores and sporting goods counters.
Dennis and Linda shared 40 years of marriage through the joys and heartaches of life. They were thoroughly devoted to each other and made every decision as a team. Neither could envision their life without the other.
Dennis is survived by his mother, Mary Rose Wood of Umpqua, OR; brother: Gary Black and family of Oakland, OR; sisters: Pam Phelps and family, of Roseburg, OR, and Wendy Antos and family of Glide, OR. He was preceded in death by Bobby Lee Black, father; Heather Ann Black, daughter; and Edward N. Wood, step-father.
Linda is survived by her mother, Mary Henry of Roseburg, OR; brother: Brian Henry and family of Roseburg, OR; sisters: Sandy Shoup and family of Coos Bay, OR, and Janet Henry of North Bend, OR. She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur K. Henry.
At Dennis’s and Linda’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, the families ask that contributions in Dennis’s and/or Linda’s name be made to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Contributions can be left at the Chapel of the Roses, Roseburg, OR.