Dennis L. Ainsworth Sr., Ottawa, Kan., 72, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Ainsworth 9 a.m. Thursday to the service hour at Dengel & Son Mortuary, where the family plans to meet with friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Interment is set for Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Dennis was born Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1941, in Ottawa. He was the son of Glenn A. and E. Maxine Ainsworth.

He was a lifelong Franklin County, Ottawa, resident.

He graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1959, and continued his education at Emporia State University, graduating after military service in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for 26 years, retiring in 2003. He later drove a school bus and charter buses for the Ottawa school district and Ottawa bus service for many years.

Dennis served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a sergeant, earning numerous medals and ribbons. In the early 1960s, he flew to an undisclosed Air Force base with the crew that would have been the first wave of attack if war had broken out. With top-secret clearance, Dennis hand-delivered the actual war plans. He lived with the crew members as the only non-commissioned officer and served as the base commanding generalís aide during the 19-day crisis.† †

Dennis was united in marriage with Fannie Baber Jan. 2, 1999, in Ottawa. She survives of the home.

Also surviving are his three children, Virginia Baber, Mark Baber and Chasity Rice, all of Ottawa; five grandchildren, Drake Leon Baber, Christopher Brian Baber, Kiersten Renee Baber, Joseph Wayne Keuchel and Austin Michael Baber; brother, Harley W. Ainsworth and wife, Dora, Ottawa; and several nieces and nephews.† †

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; and son, D.J. Ainsworth.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Calvary Baptist Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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