Dennis Lee Vander Griend

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Vander Griend, Dennis Lee 63, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Dennis was born in Sheldon, Iowa, to Sidney and Marie Vander Griend. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a student at SDSU, he began his career in Fuel Ethanol Production. His work took him to several states, but it was while working in southeast Iowa that he met his wife of 24 years, Lee Ann Justice. In 1995, Dennis co-founded ICM with his brother, Dave, and Brad Box. Dennis' fingerprints are all over the ethanol industry as he was directly involved in the design of over 105 ethanol plants in the U.S. He was preceded in death by his father, Sidney Vander Griend. Survivors include his wife, Lee Ann (Justice) Vander Griend; sons, Matthew (Andrea) Vander Griend and Micah Vander Griend; grandsons, Eli and Ephraim; mother, Marie Vander Griend; siblings, Marla (Jeff) Sverdlow, Harlan (Diane) Vander Griend, Dave (Debra) Vander Griend, Eugene (Cindy) Vander Griend and Steve (Mari) Vander Griend. Dennis expressed his strong faith in God through his support of Faith Community Church and local and global mission projects. He cared deeply about the unborn by supporting Right To Life organizations. He supported and was an Advisory Board Member of Culture Shield Network as he was concerned about the world he would leave behind for future generations. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Culture Shield Network. Visitation, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, July 12 at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Celebration of Life Services, 11 a.m., Friday, July 13 at Pathway Church Westlink. Online tributes may be sent to the family via
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Published in The Wichita Eagle from July 11 to July 12, 2018