Charles Edwin Dennis Jr., former owner of a Severna Park detective agency, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Harleysville, Pa., home. He was 81.
Mr. Dennis was born in Newport, R.I., and was raised and educated there and in New York City. He served in the Navy as a photographer's mate from 1944 to 1953.
During his Navy days, he was an investigative photographer for the Armed Services Police in Washington.
Before establishing the Dennis Detective Agency Inc. in 1960, he had been a commercial photographer and a chief special agent with the old Baltimore Transit Co.
Mr. Dennis expanded his Severna Park detective agency to include branches in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Del. He retired in 1999.
He was a member and had been president of the Maryland Association of Detectives, National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and World Association of Detectives.
President Gerald R. Ford had appointed Mr. Dennis to the Guards and Investigation Committee in 1975.
He was a past president of the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Severna Park. He was a member of the Glen Burnie Elks, Glen Burnie Masonic Lodge and the Boumi Temple.
The former longtime Severna Park and Glen Burnie resident, who moved to Harleysville this year, enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Chartwell Country Club. He also liked to travel.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.
Surviving are his wife of eight years, the former Doris Suresch; a son, Charles E. Dennis III of Severna Park; three daughters, Kathleen I. Fisher of Millersville, Mary E. Caldwell-Westrick of Severna Park and Elizabeth A. Dennis-Crouse of Littleton, W.Va.; three stepsons, Adrian Suresch of Shewsbury, Pa., David Suresch and Steven Suresch, both of Glen Burnie; a stepdaughter, Donna Suresch of Harleysville; three brothers, Paul Dennis of Madrid, Spain, and Larry Dennis and William Dennis, both of Newport, R.I.; five sisters, Elizabeth Gomory of Belford, N.J., Pauline Watson and Margaret Special, both of State College, Pa., Mary Santos and Cathline Wakaster, both of Newport, R.I.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson. His wife of 48 years, the former Marion Irene Kistler, died in 1995.