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Dennis Jarecke Sr.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dennis Jarecke Sr. passed away Dec. 25, 2010 at his home in Lawson, Missouri. He died of a thrombosis of his left coronary artery. He was born in Lawrence, Kansas March 23, 1950 and was 60 years old.

As a young boy, Dennis and his younger sister Diane were best friends and played together constantly, especially on their grandpa and grandma Polley's farm in Ozark. They played in the hay stack, in the barn, and ran through the corn fields chasing each other. Dennis also loved visiting his Grandpa Jarecke at his Texaco gas station in Ozark and still has a love of Texaco memorabilia. Dennis' favorite novel was "To Kill A Mockingbird" and he truly felt he was Jem and Diane was Scout and they had lived that languid and tranquil life with each other as they grew. They talked about the book often and it brought them closer together as brother and sister.

Dennis was raised up as a Christian but fell away from the church as a young man. One evening while living in Springfield he borrowed a large telescope and looked at God's glorious heavens. That very night caused a profound change in him and as he looked into the night sky he realized how much God loved him and how much he loved and worshiped God. He immediately put away his childish things, returned to church and began reading the Holy Bible and many religious books. He witnessed his beliefs to many people for the rest of his life and never had doubts or anger for the way his life worked out. His wife Iris had anger and doubts at times and Dennis was very loving and patient with her, telling her over and over how much God was with her and how God loved her. He encouraged her to read the Bible and talk to God and he gave her many books to read to encourage her faith. His patient goodness truly helped her to get back to the Bible and prayer. When his son Dennis moved in with Dennis and Iris, Dennis found a Christian school which helped his son know the Lord.

Dennis had a brilliant mind and had many interests including astronomy, tree farming, planting wild life bundles and thousands of trees and bushes for wild life protection. He loved the country and when he was well he was out on the land 365 days a year regardless of weather. While in his early fifties he was diagnosed at KU medical center with a rare bone disease called Forestier's (DISH). According to his rheumatologist his disease is so rare that no research is being done. The only treatment was pain control. As his disease advanced, Dennis found it impossible to work in his profession, first as a poison center specialist at KU medical center and later as a pharmacist at various pharmacies north of Kansas City. Due to his Forestier's disease he finally had to retire as he no longer could stand more than a few minutes at a time. As his disease progressed his pain increased dramatically and he was no longer able to walk without crutches or walker on his beloved farm. Toward the end of his life, Dennis was inside most of the time, only leaving to go to his doctor or his pharmacy. When he was able he would go to a hardware store and walk the aisles, sitting down on his walker and reading brochures for equipment or just looking at things at a super-center. His curiosity and interests never left. He and Iris loved hiking and camping at their pond on their land.

He was a much loved husband who loved his wife and family very much and took care of Iris to the best of his ability. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Iris; mother Bonna, of Ozark, Missouri; Sister Diane (Jim) Scott, of Ozark; son: Dennis (Susan), of Cleveland, Ohio; three grandchildren: Sara, Emily, and Kiera of Cleveland; brother-in-laws: Jim (Georgia), of Youngsville, North Carolina and Merle Robert Joiner, of Chicago, Illinois; nieces: Marla (Dave) DeNicolais, of Youngsville, North Carolina, Kera (Jason) Nadler, of Leawood, Kansas, and Alicia Scott, of Springfield, Missouri; and nephew: Alan (Donna) Joiner, of Hawaii; and numerous other relatives in southwest Missouri

Visitation was held in Excelsior Springs, Missouri at the Polley Funeral Home Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at 1 p.m. and services were held at 2 p.m. Polley Funeral Home 816 -630-3388 www.polleyfuneralhome.com.


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