Richard D. Hennessy passed away April 10, 2017. He was born Jan. 29, 1925 to Joseph D. and Ruth H. Hennessy in Hannibal, Mo. in 1925. He lived in Hannibal until he and Bonnie moved to Belton, Mo. in 2004 to be closer to family.
He graduated from Hannibal Senior High School, and then went to Chillicothe Business College where he met Bonnie L. LaShay, whom he quickly decided would be his wife. The decision was not mutual. After graduation, he joined the army and was stationed in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. They corresponded while he was overseas and she finally agreed to marry him when he returned. They were married 69 years and had one daughter, Ruthanne Dunn. He worked at Independent’s Service Company throughout high school and upon his return to Hannibal after the service and until his retirement, a total of 50 years. By then he had graduated from a runabout on the Mississippi River to a houseboat on Mark Twain Lake. He and Bonnie were true "river rats," even on the lake and enjoyed driving their boat out to the middle of the lake to enjoy the sunsets, with a highball.
He was predeceased by both parents, Joseph and Ruth; his sister, Dorothea, and her husband, Chester; his son-in-law, Edward Dunn; and most importantly, his wife and best friend, Bonnie.
He is survived by his daughter, Ruthanne Dunn; grandsons, Patrick (Emily), Rick (Kirsten), John (Shayna), and Tim. He had seven great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Declan, Sam, Eliza, Landon, Jesse and Price, who were not fortunate enough to enjoy all the boating "fun" with Gramps — and all those other experiences they missed.
He and Bonnie were noted for their fishing, their dock family, and their terriers, the feistier the better. He was a member of the Hannibal Boat Club, the Masons and Shriners, and was a Demolay Dad for a year.
He loved his family, his dogs, and the water.