Dennis Warren DeRuyter, resident of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2020 under the skilled care of Advent Health Hospice in Orlando.
Dennis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 16, 1947. He was the oldest of five children born to Warren and Ethel DeRuyter. After graduating with honors from Milwaukee Tech High School, he attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he studied Commercial Photography, Marketing and Commercial Printing.
Dennis turned a hobby that began in a small darkroom in his parent’s basement into his life’s work as a professional photographer with a keen eye for beauty and the perfect shot. He married his only wife, Barbara (nee Rennhack), on February 5, 1970. In 1990, he founded AllStar Photographics in Florida.
An animated, jovial man, Dennis used his unique sense of humor to make his family and friends laugh. He loved to tell stories about his life, from his first apartment as a young man to meeting his favorite movie star, Charlton Heston, in person. A simple home cooked meal was his delight, and he specialized in making Italian spaghetti. He enjoyed movies, critiquing every scene thanks to his photographic and lighting experience. Dennis never missed a Green Bay Packers game. His personal hero was his Dad, and he always gifted his mother with a visit to her favorite hair salon.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents (named above), brother David, and mother to his children, Barbara. Loving Dad of Kevin DeRuyter and Melanie Tucker. Proud grandpa to Kristopher, Warren, Darren, and Dahlia. He will be dearly remembered by sisters Nancy (Peter) Kastenholz, Debbie (Scott) Bachar, Susan (John) Lamontagne, other relatives and friends.
Family members will memorialize Dennis privately at a future time and place.