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Dennis "Denny" L. McFall

November 26, 1948 ~ August 5, 2022 (age 73)


Dennis L. McFall, or “Denny” to all those who knew and loved him, passed away peacefully at Buffalo General Hospital on Friday, August 5, 2022 at the age of 73, after a long illness.

Born on November 26, 1948 in Olean, to Refferee and Betty (Main) McFall. Denny was the second of four boys. He is predeceased by his parents and brothers, Donald McFall and Larry McFall, and is survived by his brother Tom McFall, of Scio. Denny grew up in Ceres, attended Bolivar schools, and spent his young adulthood in Job Corps centers throughout the northwest US.  The McFall boys were known for working hard and playing harder along with their many friends, as evidenced by Denny’s renowned stories about his youthful shenanigans around the NY/PA border.

Denny is predeceased by his spouse, Janet A. Palumbo, whom he married on September 1, 1974 at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean. Denny and Janet enjoyed spending their time in the company of their friends and family, playing cards and going out to listen to live music and dance. Together, they raised their family on 21st St. in Olean, and took great pride in their two children, Joseph and Kacy, attending countless Boy Scout and Girl Scout events, 4-H events and horse shows, and school concerts. A true country boy, in his free time Denny enjoyed fishing, growing pumpkins, being in nature, and telling countless stories with a telltale twinkle in his eye.  The above notwithstanding, you might remember Denny as the bearded man in suspenders who made multiple trips to the grocery store each day to buy one item at a time.

Denny took great pleasure in spending time with those he leaves behind, including his two children, Joseph (Lisa) McFall, of Fredonia, and Kacy French (Wally Eaton), of Olean, as well as his eight grandchildren: Alexandra McFall, Nicholas French; Ava, Luke, and Eliza McFall; Brooklynn, Mason, and Rylee Eaton.  He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mary Kay Houben, Beth McFall, and Nancy (Dave) VanDeusen all of Olean, sister-in-law Deb McFall of Portville, and many friends.

Per Denny’s wishes, in lieu of a traditional funeral a celebration of life will be held for Denny at a future date, where friends and family can gather to reminisce and celebrate a life truly well-lived. His family asks that you honor Denny by listening to your favorite music, raising a glass to his memory, and spending time sharing laughs and stories with loved ones. Memorials may be made to your local scouting troop or 4-H club.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State Street, Olean. Online condolences can be expressed at


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