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Obituary for Dennis Melvin Gardner

Dennis Melvin Gardner, 75, Lenexa, Kansas passed away at his home on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022 with a Memorial Service at 5:00 p.m. both at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, Kansas 66083 (913) 592-2244.  Dress is casual.  Donations may be made on his behalf to the Holy Angels Cemetery Fund, Garnett, Kansas, and/or to the American Heart Association.  Condolences may be left at

Dennis was born in Kansas City, Kansas on Feb 20, 1947 to Melvin Eugene and Lila Rae (Morris) Gardner. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1965.  He was formerly married to Sharon Lovsky, the mother of his children. Dennis married Arlene Foltz on May 27, 1989 in Lenexa, Kansas. He retired from Deluxe Check Printing, after 32 years of dedicated service.  He spent his life devoted to his family and many good friends he considered family. Dennis will be missed by his wife, Arlene’s immediate family and relatives who loved him deeply.  The lake was his sanctuary where he shared his love of water and nature with family and dear friends.  “We are going to miss you, DJ Denny”.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Eugene Gardner.  He is survived by his wife Arlene of the home; mother Lila Rae Gardner, Overland Park, Kansas; children: Kimberly (Darrell) Anderson, Jeff (Jeannie) Gardner, Troy (Heather) Gardner, grandchildren: Tanner Anderson, Skyler Anderson, Julia Gardner, Jill Gardner, Dallas Wodtke, Bailey Gardner, Barrett Gardner, Denver Gardner, Daphne Gardner, Beau Gardner and Delila Gardner and brothers Dan (Teresa) Gardner and Richard Gardner.