November 14, 1943 - June 22, 2020
Was born on Nov. 14, 1943, in Drumright, OK and died on June 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City.
People come into our hearts for all sorts of reasons. Some teach us life lessons we never forget. Some nurture us and help us become better people. Some simply love us with all their hearts. And then there are people like Dennis, who did all these things and so much more. Our entire family is humbled, but not surprised at the outpouring of tributes to both his character and his impact on people's lives.
"He was the finest man I've ever known."
"He was my best friend."
"He impacted my life so much."
"He was an inspiration."
"I have always looked up to him and had so much respect."
"This world lost a great man."
"Man, he was a stud."
He is survived by his love and best friend, Barbara; their 'toddler in fur' Annie; as well as family and dear friends who will miss him forever: his daughters, D'Anna (R.C.), Cristy (Tammy), Sherry (David), and Jill (Faus); son, Andy (Tracy); grandchildren: Riley, Jack, Abbey, Bethany (Chris), Corrie (Nick), Carly, Erin, Emily, Connor, Jessi (Christian), Keely, Cole, and Jarod; and great-grandchildren: Finn, Haven, Liam, Rainer, Opal, Hayes, and Zelda. Dennis also leaves his Aunt Phyllis and many cousins that he loved and was dearly loved by. Then, of course, there is Amber, his faithful and fiercely loyal assistant. His friends were too numerous to mention - from early in life to more recent. Once someone entered his orbit, they never wanted to leave. Dennis was larger than life. His laughter, quick wit, and unrivaled sarcasm, coupled with his kindness and integrity, made him irreplaceable in every life he touched.
Dennis attended school in Oilton, OK through high school, where he excelled in every sport and academics, both of which taught him valuable life lessons that he genuinely treasured. He then graduated from Central State College, and completed his formal education with an MBA from OCU.
He moved through varied life experiences and professions, including rodeoing, army, computer programming, custom home building and development before he ultimately began a very successful career in finance, where he developed wonderful friendships with his colleagues.
Though the charities that he supported are many, a few that were particularly special to him were Infant Crisis Services, Mission OKC, and Yukon Schools.
He loved his family, Faith Bible Church, and with a great zest for life, he loved running, fishing, horse racing, gambling, history, and dancing with Barbara.
His life verse was Phillippians 4:6&7: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Dennis was handsome, smart, charming, funny, fiercely protective, compassionate, honest, selfless, kind, generous, grateful and loyal beyond measure. He was always a gentleman. He was a walking encyclopedia of music and musicians. He was a brave and determined fighter who would never give up. He will NEVER be forgotten.
Without exception, all of his children and grandchildren want it to be known that they feel incredibly blessed to have been front row witnesses to the incomparably loving relationship that Dennis and Barbara shared, and consider it a joy of their lives to have been part of the family times of laughter and love that their love built.
We are grateful for Dr. Brian Geister, Dr. Shripal Bhavsar and the staff at Integris Cancer Institute.
"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." – Helen Keller
Due to COVID-19, a Memorial Service will be held at some future date.
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