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Daniel “Dennis” Askew, 71, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away Friday, July 23, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Gamber Community Center in Lee’s Summit, MO.
The family will begin to welcome visitors at 4 p.m. and a celebration of Dennis’ life will begin at 5 p.m., to be followed by additional fellowship of friends and family until 7 p.m. The family invites all to share memories of Dennis during the service.
Dennis was born on October 17, 1949, in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Ruskin High School in 1967. After graduation Dennis married his high school sweetheart, Karen Beth Brown in 1969.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and upon return from deployment graduated from Longview Community College. Dennis joined the Ironworkers Local #10 where he built his career for over 25 years prior to retirement in 2005. During his career as an ironworker, he worked alongside his brother Tim and two of his sons, Brandon and Justin.
Dennis built a lifetime of memories with the love of his life, Karen. Together they traveled to Arizona to meet-up with dear friends Frankie and Larry, spent time at Truman Lake with friends Joe and Terry, made weekly trips to Mary’s Mountain Cookies (at Dennis’ request), and went on cross-country adventures on his Harley Davidson.
He worked hard to provide for his family. His three boys, Daniel, Brandon and Justin were his pride and joy. He taught them the value of hard work, importance of fun and humor, the value of good music, and provided them with opportunities to learn and grow. The boys recall fond memories, which include summers they spent swimming in the backyard pool, shooting hoops in the driveway, painfully early morning fishing missions, ski trips to Colorado and vacations on a houseboat.
Dennis had four grandchildren, Darryl, RaeLynn, Ava and Aiden, who brought an immense amount of joy to his life. He loved to spend time with them attending their school events, playing card games or chess, watching them perform and play in various activities, taking them fishing, golfing, swimming, or on a vacation to Disney World. He was proud to be their Papa.
Dennis was known for his fun-loving spirit, smile and kind heart. He was an ornery guy who loved to have a good time whether he was fishing, golfing or kicking back with friends and family. He made a huge impact on many lives and his passing has left a hole in many hearts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Irene Askew and brother Tim Askew. Dennis is survived by his wife Karen, three sons Daniel, Brandon (Crystal), Justin (Laura) and four grandchildren, Darryl, RaeLynn, Ava and Aiden.