Dennis Earle Rothacher

Dennis Earle Rothacher, 75, Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away at his home surrounded by his family on June 19, 2017.  A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Harvest Baptist Church, 901 NW 19th St, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015.  A funeral will follow at 11:00 AM.  Burial in Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Baptist Church.

He was an elder at Raytown Christian Church. Dennis was an ordained pastor, head Deacon, taught discipleship for over 20 years and taught the Discovery Class for 10 years at Kansas City Baptist Temple. He preached at Hidden Lake Care Center for 10 years. Dennis also served as President of the Temple Heights Homes Board for 10 years and was awarded Apartment Manager of the Year for the Greater Kansas City Area in 2005.

Dennis was a Past President of the Purchasing Management Association of Greater Kansas City, active member of “Character That Counts” in Lee’s Summit and President of the Business Sector of Lee’s Summit Community of Character. During his career, he was Vice President of Operations and Materials Management.

Dennis is preceded in death by; mother & step father, Ailsa & W.E. Buck; father, Oscar Rothacher; biological mother, Sadie Barnes and half sisters, Joyce & Sandy Barnes. Survivors include; wife of 57 years, Jo Ann, of the home; daughter, Vicki Fredrick, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; son and daughter-in-law, Mike & Paulette Rothacher, Kansas City, Missouri; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon & Mark Pritchard, Shawnee, Kansas; five wonderful grandchildren; Kristine Warren (Jeremy), Joshua Rothacher; Stephanie Fredrick, Caleb Rothacher and Rebekah Rothacher and two wonderful great grandchildren; Ethan Warren and Amelia Warren. He is also survived by; step brother, Vernon Buck half sister, Judy Perry; and half brother, Rick Barnes.


  1. Jami on June 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Praying for your family .. I’m so sorry for your loss..Jami Heckman

  2. Sharon on June 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    JoAnne and family- Chris and I want you to know that you have our deepest sympathy. Dennis was a wonderful man and will be missed by a multitude of friends. We pray your memories will give you comfort and peace and the assurance that you will see him again in Heaven.

    Sharon Stavig

  3. Becky Fredrick on June 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to all the family.

  4. Steve & Marty Brunet on June 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Praying for comfort during this time. Have sweet memories of Dennis! We send our love to Jo Ann & the family. ??

  5. Shirley young on June 21, 2017 at 1:08 am

    You are in my heart ?? Joanne. Dennis is at peace now and he was a funny and wonderful man. I know you’ll miss them oh such tenderly.

  6. Janet Petree on June 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    My love..thoughts and prayer are
    With all of you. RIP dear cousin
    Love, Janet and Glenn Petree

  7. Sandra Yoder on June 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Sorry for you loss, praying for the whole family.

  8. Carol Eib on June 22, 2017 at 5:06 am

    My prayers are with you. Denny will always be in my heart. My love to you
    JoAnn at this time of loss.
    Love & Hugs, Carol and Craig

  9. Amy Al-Turck Abraham on June 22, 2017 at 6:58 am

    JoAnne, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Dennis blessed so many throughout his many years. I pray you feel them in return. You are loved, beautiful.

  10. Jerry Cochran on June 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    JoAnn and family–I am truly sorry for your loss. Denny and JoAnn have always been a big influence on my life and I will always treasure their friendship. A true servant of our Lord has gone to his eternal home and we will all miss him.

  11. Ron & Sandy Parker on June 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Dear JoAnn, How God blessed your life together — you have impacted the lives of many over the years. Both you and Dennis set such a beautiful example of a Christian marriage and ministry together. You were some of the first to touch our lives thru the Discipleship Ministry and Discovery class when we came to KCBT nearly 30 years ago and we will never forget that! Although we’re unable to attend Dennis’ service tomorrow, we pray that God will bless and comfort both you and your family throughout the services and well beyond! We love you and truly regret that we are unable to attend!

  12. Deanie O'Neal on June 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So sad for your loss. Praying for you

  13. Larry & Vickie Timberlake on June 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Jo Ann & family,
    Such an uplifting “celebration of life” service today for Dennis. His life and the way he lived it certainly must be pleasing to Jesus. The written words by you and the kids and the spoken words from Rebekah describing your husband, their father, and her grandfather were most moving. We are thankful thankful that our lives crossed paths with you and Dennis and your family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with each of you in the days ahead. May God bless each of you.

  14. Larry Schmitt on July 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Jo Anne….just learned today from Tom Brackhahn of Dennis’s passing. Please accept condolences from Martha and I. Dennis was certainly one of special guys that I looked up to when I joined NAPMKC. I valued his calm demeanor. We remember some of the great conferences being together. Sorry we missed the visitation. May God bless you and your family!!

  15. Phyllis Plaster maiden name Fricke on July 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I went to Whittier Grade School a few years ago with Dennis and he was always a super kid. Tall and slender and a sweet gentle spirit. I hoped to see him at the 75 year birthday party by Southeast high school. I do not have his address but please let Jo Ann know how sorry we are for her loss and know the sweet Dennis will be seeing Jesus face to face which I know she is already aware.

  16. Lorraine Combs on December 4, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Dear Jo Ann,
    Every Christmas I think of you and Dennis. Dennis and I were co-workers at American Stair Glide, and every Christmas for several years he and you gave me and others a Hallmark ornament.
    Dennis was a special person, known for his character, strong Christian faith, and pleasant personality.
    So sorry I wasn’t aware of his passing. I hope you are able to receive my comments even though so late.
    Love & Blessings,
    Lorraine Combs

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