Dennis P. Spitz

Dennis P. Spitz (CMSgt, Retired), 65, passed away Sept. 21, 2013, at his home in Newport News.

He was born July 23, 1948, in Jamestown, N.Y., to Paul and Lucille VanOrder Spitz and gra-duated from Jamestown High School in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1968. After serving in the USMC, he joined the United States Air Force in 1971. Throughout his Air Force career he was stationed at MacDill AFB, Florida; Korat Royal Thai AB, Thailand; Hessisch-Oldendorf, Germany; Hancock Field, New York; Homestead, Florida; Langley AFB, Virginia; Bolling AFB, Wash-ington, D.C.; and the Pentagon.

Prior to his retirement in 1996 he served as senior paralegal manager to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. During his career he completed his bachelor’s degree and was selected as a distinguished graduate from the USAF Senior NCO Academy.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Nancy Mater of Jamestown, N.Y., and their children Janelle Spitz of Newport News, and Jennifer Gryder (Dave) of Leesburg, Va. Pop-Pop will be missed by his granddaughters: Taylor, Mackenzie and Alexis Gryder. Also surviving him are his siblings, Diane Anderson (Don) of Denver, Colo., Pamela Caccamise (Jim) of Jamestown, N.Y., and Martin Spitz (Chris) of Macedonia, Ohio; several nephews and their families; aunts; uncles; cousins; and his fourlegged friends, Abby and Isaac. He will be missed at the annual South Hills Golf Tournament by his golfing partner and lifelong friend, Dan Johnson of Jamestown, N.Y. He will also be missed by family friends, Jim and Darlene Whitaker, with whom he spent much time with on cruises and at their home in Prattville, Ala.

If lieu of flowers or gifts the family asks that donations be made in Dennis’ memory to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or the Animal Aid Society (

Burial will be at Arling-ton National Cemetery at a future date. An open house reception honoring Dennis’ life will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at the Kiln Creek Re-creation Center, 2801 Kiln Creek Parkway, Yorktown, Va.