Dennis A. Brennen “Rughead”

February 25, 1951 - December 2, 2015
Dennis A. Brennen “Rughead”

Dennis A. Brennen “Rughead”, 64 passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver, Pennsylvania following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Sewickley, PA on February 25, 1951 a son to the late Ed and Edna (Shrewsberry) Brennen.  Living his life in this area, he was a 1969 graduate of East Liverpool High School playing basketball and football for The Potters.  Rughead worked as a laborer for New Brighten Local 833 before retiring after 33 years, then worked another 5 years for Local 809 out of Steubenville. He spent his working hours in the Nuke Plant, Bruce Mansfield and relined many blast furnaces around the country and was an all around Union Worker.  He was a big Ohio State Buckeye fan and had huge amounts of love and pride for his three granddaughters.  He enjoyed gardening, canning and growing his Dalias and roses winning blue ribbons for them and his bread & butter pickles at the Hookstown Fair.

He is survived at home by his wife Cheryl L. (Reynolds) Brennen whom he married on April 28, 1972; a son Matthew Brennen and his wife Laurie of East Liverpool, OH; a daughter:  Melissa Dawson of East Liverpool, OH; three granddaughters:  Haley Brennen, Hannah Brennen and Sydney Dawson; a step-brother:  Richard Hawkins of Wellsville, OH; a sister Laurena Boso of Calcutta, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother:  James Brennen and a sister:  Claire Brooks.

Family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 2 to 6 P.M.  Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Diabetes Association at:  4500 Rockside Road, Suite 440, Independence, OH 44131.

Family and friends may view this obituary, sign the guestbook or send condolences by visiting the funeral home’s new website at www.martinmacleanaltmeyer.com.


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  • December 04, 2015
    Barbara Skeens says:
    So sorry for your loss Cheryl & family.

  • December 04, 2015
    Barbara Skeens says:
    So sorry for your loss Cheryl & family.

  • December 04, 2015
    Penny Allman Capwell says:
    I went to Grant Street Elementary and ElHS in Jim,s class.So sorry for your family,s loss.Jim and I were friends from Grant streetHope you all find peace with this.Penny

  • December 05, 2015
    johnny and michele johnson says:
    Taken way too soon. Your forever friend Johnny CLASS OF 69. GO POTTERS!!!

  • December 05, 2015
    Rick Hunsicker says:
    We grew up together in each others houses..Many, many neighborhood memories....Hope he is at peace and the family is getting better....