DURHAM – Dennis Scoville, 64, died Saturday, April 14, more than two years after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He was born Aug. 21, 1952, in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of Betty and Bill Scoville. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1970, and was drafted into the Vietnam War. He served four years in Air Force intelligence as a codebreaker and analyst, stationed in Brindisi, Italy, Vietnam, and Fort Meade, Maryland.
Dennis was a talented musician, versatile on guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel guitar. He performed in bluegrass, country and rock bands for more than 30 years.
He worked in the Indiana University library system as well as at the law library at North Carolina Central University.
Dennis had a dry wit, a quick and brilliant mind, and a compassion for the less fortunate. In addition his love for his wife, Lisa, he loved animals. He rescued, re-homed, and/or adopted dozens of cats and dogs. He was known to even stop traffic to move turtles out of harm’s way.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Sorg, of Durham; his brother, Ray Scoville (Zami) of Virginia Beach, Va., a nephew, Jason, and a niece, Amanda.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Dacy and Russell Burton, of Bloomington; his mother, Betty (Jeffers) Clute of Anderson Ind., and father, Bill of Indianapolis, Ind.
A private cremation service will be at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Celebrations of his life will be held later this summer in Bloomington, Ind., and in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Independent Animal Rescue, the ASPCA, APS of Durham, the Coalition to Unchain Dogs — or your favorite local animal welfare group.
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