First Posted: 3/21/2007
Lance Corporal Dennis James Veater, 20, a resident of Jessup, died with valor Friday, March 9 in a military hospital in Fallujah, Iraq. Dennis died from wounds sustained during what was scheduled to be his final mission before returning to the safety of the United States the following Thursday. Dennis was born in Quantico, VA, moved to Reading, PA, Vista and Oceanside, CA, Okinawa, Japan and then Clarks Summit before settling in Jessup with his young family. Dennis graduated from Abington Heights High School in 2004 and attended Penn State Worthington Scranton where he studied criminal justice before joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He knew that there was the possibility of being deployed, but he wanted to serve his country like his father had before him. Dennis is survived by his fiancée, Angalene Snipes and their 14-month old son, Dominick Alan; his parents, Sgt Maj. Donald G. Veater, USMC, ret. and Donna Veater of Clarks Summit; his two sisters, Karen Walker and husband Paul Walker of Old Forge and Patti Cowan and husband Henry of Fayetteville, NC; his three brothers, Donald P. and wife Stephanie of Scranton, Gregory of Clarks Summit and his twin brother Adam of Clarks Summit; his grandparents Donald J. and Betty Veater of Clarks Summit; his grandmother Albina Haight of Watertown, SD, and his great-grandmother Violet Veater of Uniontown, PA. He will also be deeply missed by his three nephews, Avery, Donald and Logan, his two nieces, Leila and an unborn baby girl, his uncles, aunts, cousins and countless other friends. Dennis is preceded in death by his grandfather Wilbur R. Haight of Watertown, SD. Dennis loved with his whole heart and everyone who met him loved him the same. He will be remembered for his good-hearted nature, eagerness to care for others, and fun-loving attitude. He loved being in the spotlight and entertaining his family and friends by creating songs and dances, making faces and cracking jokes. He truly was a family man. Rest in peace on your fluffy pillow. Semper Fi! A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, March 17 from the Church of St Gregory, 330 N. Abington Rd., Clarks Green, celebrated by Msgr. John Louis, pastor. Interment will be Valley View Cemetery, Montdale. Memorials may be made to SemperFi.org Arrangements by Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.