Dennis Paul Gewerth, 69, of Kissimmee, Fl. Passed away on April 29, 2018 at his home. He was born on January 3, 1949 in Tinley Park , Illinois, to Edward Gewerth and Elaine (Nichols) Gewerth. He was the middle child of three children, Michael the oldest and Bob (adopted) the youngest. He was a diehard Chicago Bears and Cubs fan and always said it was stamped on his birth certificate.
He attended Tinley Park High School and was very athletic earning a scholarship to Scotts Bluff University in Nebraska. He also loved softball and while living in Buena Vista Colorado in the 1970’s he led his softball team to a state championship and two regional trophies.
Dennis loved to travel and in his twenties he and some of his adventurous friends traveled extensively through Mexico and Central America. When he was 25 he moved to Colorado where he earned the nickname ‘Grizzly Adams’. He was a member of the American Mountain Man Association. He started his own painting business, Doneright Decorating, He was an excellent marksman and big game hunter, a member of the NRA, raised pigs and chickens, and taught his pig Bilbo to catch a Frisbee. That pig won him lots of money. So I guess you can call him a cash pig. Buena Vista is where he met his wife of 37 years, Juanita Liberatore.
In 1985, they moved to Kissimmee, Florida where he started his business Suncoast Painting. In 1991,he signed on at Universal Studios where he worked for 20 years and retired in 2011. While there he was a lead and loved to ride herd on his crew. He had the uncanny ability to be both a boss and a friend and earned himself the moniker ‘Senior Pussycat’.
Dennis loved deep sea fishing, grilling and cooking. He was perfecting a Jerky recipe that he was calling ‘Mustache Meats’.
Dennis and Juanita (an appraiser) loved the construction trade and enjoyed working together renovating older homes.
Dennis will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his love of life, his compassion, and his great parties. He is survived by his wife Juanita, his niece Kristen Whitt, his nephew Lance Kwiatkowski, seven great nieces and nephews, and one great-great nephew. A memorial service will be held at Kissimmee Lake Front Park, the Heron Pavilion, next to the Ruby Street Café, at 6:30 PM, Thursday, May 3rd.
The family is under the care of CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741. (407) 847-3188