Dennis Jay Anness


Dennis Jay Anness, 76, of Columbus, IN, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at his home after battling cancer for more than eight years. He was born on September 11, 1946, in Connersville, IN, to Milford Anness and Norma Marie Cramer Anness. He married Lucia JoAnne Mancuso on August 3, 1991.

As a youngster and a youth, Dennis and his family lived in Metamora, Liberty, and Connersville, IN. The family moved to Columbus in 1962 and were longtime members of First Christian Church in Columbus, IN. Dennis graduated from Columbus High School in 1964, and in 1968 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, with a degree in Business Administration. He retired from Cummins Engine Company on January 31, 2022. He was a member and elder of Metamora Church of Christ and was a 50-year member of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge. During 1991-1992, Dennis was Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Indiana and held numerous other offices.

Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2023, at Metamora Church of Christ, 19162 US 52, Metamora, IN 47030. Additional calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. A Masonic Memorial service will be held at 12 p.m., followed by a Christian funeral service officiated by Rev. Bob McIntyre and Rev. James Burgess. Burial will be held at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Taking Christ to The Millions, (TCM) 6337 Hollister Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46224, or Our Hospice of South-Central Indiana, 2626 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201, or through the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Lucia JoAnne Anness; siblings, Suzanne Gillum, Ronald K. (Molly) Anness, M. Edwin Anness, Mark Richard (Robin) Anness; nieces and nephews, Betsy Gillum, Timothy (Anita) Gillum, Jeffery Anness, Kent (Rachelle) Anness, Heather (Marc) Bucksot, Brian (Rachel) Anness, Abby (Stephen) Carter, Mark (Laura) Anness II, Melissa Anness, Marin Anness; several great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Milford and Norma Marie Anness; and brother, John Anness.

The family would like to thank the caregivers from Griswold Home Care Agency who took such loving care of Dennis for the past five months: Diana, Tiffany, Sandy, Lisa, Chasity, Matilda, and Doreen. They also would like to thank the employees of Our Hospice for their kindness in caring for Dennis.