David Bovaird Dennis, age 88, peacefully passed away on March 16, 2015, at Montgomery Place in Independence, KS. The family invites friends to sign the register at Webb and Rodrick on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 8 am to 8 pm with family greeting friends from 5 pm to 7 pm. A private burial will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas. Following the burial, a memorial service honoring David's life will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 3 pm at the First Presbyterian Church.
David was born on July 27, 1926, in Independence, KS, to Clair and Helen (Bovaird) Dennis. He attended and graduated from the Independence school system. After high school he continued his education at Independence Community College and then the University of Kansas. David proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. David and Shirley (Hybarger) were united in marriage on Oct. 15, 1950. The couple was blessed with two daughters and a son. After Shirley's death, David married Donna Carter Hoag and later divorced.
David has been a very prominent member of the Independence community and very active in numerous clubs. He was a member and previous president of the Independence Country Club, a charter member of the Independence Optimist Club, Dry Holes Investment Club, previous president of the Kansas Golf Association, past member and president of the USD#446 Board of Education, member of the La Quinta Country Club, 2-time Kansas Amateur Golf Champion, 1991 World Seniors Golf Champion, and he lettered in basketball and golf while attending KU. While there his team won the 1950 Big 7 golf title. He took great pride in his 1992 induction into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame as well as his 2010 induction into the Independence Community College Athletics Hall of Fame. His proudest achievements were serving as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church and being a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
David leaves behind to honor his memory: his son Bo (Vanessa) Dennis of Independence; daughters, Debi (Bart) Duckworth of Houston, TX, and Judi Hastings of Denver, CO; brother Robert J. Dennis of LaQuinta, CA; seven grandchildren: Brian Dennis, Erin Morris, Ashley Hastings, Allison Jones, Andrew Hastings, Ben Duckworth, Annie Duckworth; and 3 great-grandchildren: Claire Morris, Laine Morris and Henry Morris. David was preceded in death by his brother Clair Dennis JR, his parents, and his wife Shirley. The family would like to express their appreciation to all the employees at Tall Grass Creek, Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Montgomery Place who provided such kind support and care for David in his last months.To leave a special message for the family please visit www.WebbRodrickchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.