COL Dennis Wayne Heldenbrand, US Army (Retired)
MARCH 27, 1950 – JANUARY 20, 2023
It’s really hard to sum up a person’s life in a matter of a few lines but we’ll give it our best try. Dennis loved his family and friends fiercely. He was an amazing husband to Dr. Lois Heldenbrand for over 50 years, an incredible father and protector to Jason Heldenbrand (Kit Sundararaman) and Jen Otto (Nathan Otto) and the best Papa to Madison, Ethan, Bennett and a new addition on the way. He’s left a very large hole and shoes that will never be filled.
Dennis’s favorite hobby, in addition to fishing and farming, was traveling the world with Lois and his family. He was always up for any crazy adventure we could come up with and loved being with his grandkids.
Dennis was also incredibly generous and willing to help anyone, so much so that he insisted that his body be donated to the Midwest transplant network to help others in need. This was something he was very passionate about, especially as he awaited a new donor heart.
DennisLegacy@yahoo.com. Dennis was not one for a lot of pomp and circumstance and that applies to his passing as well. The family will be celebrating his incredible life with a small private adventure sometime in the future, but would love for you to send your favorite Dennis memory or story, to be compiled and shared with his family and generations to come to In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to be made to either The Midwest Transplant Network (in memory of Dennis Heldenbrand) or The Saint Luke’s Foundation, 901 E. 104th Street, Kansas City, MO 64131 Cardiac Surgery & Transplant Research Scholar Fund. Online memorial gifts may be made at saintlukeskc.org/donate (include Dennis Heldenbrand under tribute).
Instead of saying goodbye to an amazing man, we are going to say “see you later” and carry on his memory by living a rich adventurous life like he would expect, because in dad’s words…”we’re burning daylight”.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063