Calvin George Dence, ND, 90, of Clifton, quietly went to sleep in Jesus on Tuesday morning, April 24. He suffered a light stroke on Jan. 1, 2018, and spend his last months in the home of his eldest son David (Peggy).
He was born in Vienna, New York, on May 16, 1927, to Samuel Walter and Lula Wisemore Dence. He married Angelina Ursula Thurnheer on May 27, 1945. To this union, eight children were born. Ursula died in 2001 during one of their mission trips in Zambia, Africa. Several years later he married his childhood friend, Ruth Sweet, who died in 2013.
A building contractor by trade, Dr. Dence’s scholastic background includes graduating from high school at Union College Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska; starting his medical studies at Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, Massachusetts; receiving the Doctor of Naturopathy diploma from Bernadean University of Los Angeles, California; studying a dozen or more health courses dealing with massage, chiropractic, herbs, diet, first aid, survival, hydrotherapy, etc. He belonged to the Medical Cadet Corps in his youth.
He traveled extensively and lectured to Natural Foods Associations and Natural Hygiene Clubs of which he and his wife Ursula were members for 15 years. He dedicated his time to the suffering: he served as administrator of a 22-bed sanitarium dedicated to natural healing in Monterrey, Mexico; bought a small ranch in the mountains of Mexico where he maintained a consulting office; and from 1980-1987 he and his wife lived on and operated a hospital boat on the Meta River in Colombia, South America. Thousands have been blessed by his love for God – always teaching and helping others to find a better way to health and healing.
He is survived by his youngest sister, Marjorie Reynolds of Cleveland, New York; his wife of three years, Gloria Hinson Dence; his eight children, Joyce Kendall of Clifton, David (Peggy) of Dulap, Tennessee, Calvin (Mary Jane) of Victoria, Texas, Gloria Raymond (Dale) of Dickenson Center, New York, Marvin (Maylene) of Clifton, Steven (Rosie) of Alvarado, Texas; Melody Chase (Josiah) of Fulton, New York, and Lavern (Susan) of Sebring, Florida; 16 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Savannah Seventh-day Adventist Church, 306 Harbert Dr. South, Savannah, 38372.