Dendy married my husband and I at Grace UMC in Des Moines in 1983. We had followed him there from Iowa City, where I had first heard him preach when I attended a Sunday service with my roommate. I loved his story-telling style of preaching. It touched your heart and captivated your interest. It was genuine and honest and welcoming. When I met my husband-to-be and he turned out to be a Methodist, I was convinced that I should become one, too. My only dismay was that I thought Dendy would not be able to marry us since I was from Des Moines. Yet to my joy, he was soon after transferred to Grace Church in Des Moines. It was God's blessing upon us that we were able to have Dendy officiate our wedding. I will always think fondly of him and his wife, and cherish the stories he shared with us during our pre-marriage counseling. It is among the best advice I have ever received on how to live a good, Christian life, and to have a happy, harmonious marriage and family. May they both rest in God's peace. We extend our deepest condolences to the family.