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Leppert Mortuaries - Nora

740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Denny Barrett

June 2, 1945March 20, 2020
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Dennis Lee Barrett,

74, of Indianapolis, departed this life Friday, March 20, 2020. Denny was born June 2, 1945 in Indianapolis to the late Walter Lee and Mary Frances (Green) (Barrett) Ruschhaupt. From humble beginnings on Indianapolis’ East Side he was a family man from the very start. Like a lot of boys growing up in Indianapolis, Denny’s first love was basketball. He attended Howe High School (class of 1963) where he starred on the basketball team alongside his two brothers, Dale & Rex. He went on to attend Depauw University (class of 1967) where he played basketball all four years, and formed so many bonds that would last him the rest of his life. He studied economics, was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and met the love of his life, Sally Crowden. For the next 55 years, Sally would be Denny’s best friend and his life-long rock. Denny also served his country in the United States Army Reserves from 1968 to 1974.

Denny always had very clear goals and an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1975, Denny established Barrett & Stokely Inc. with his longtime friend and partner, Randy Stokely. A few years later, Denny’s two younger brothers joined the partnership, and created a foundation for one of the most successful multi-family real estate companies in Indianapolis. Denny poured his heart and soul into his business and placed the highest value on being principled and having clear morals and ethics. The strength of Barrett & Stokely almost 45 years later is a testament to the shrewd businessman he was.

While many people knew Denny through his business, it was always very clear that this was not what defined him. He had many interests and passions, but none compared to his devotion as a father and husband. As a young father, he spent countless hours as a youth coach for all three of his children. He was an active member of the community. He served on the board of First of America Bank. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Meridian Hills Country Club, Maxinkuckee Country Club, and the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club. He gave generously to many causes that were dear to his heart, such as The Oaks Academy, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Child Center, and Second Helpings.

Denny was happiest making memories with family and friends. He enjoyed entertaining, and rarely missed an event involving his grandchildren. His biggest passion was his love for fishing and his connection with the outdoors. Throughout his life, he spent countless hours on Lake of the Woods and the rivers out west. While he did love fishing, his favorite place on earth was Lake Maxinkuckee. Quite simply, his most treasured moments were at the lake, when his whole family was there together. A quintessential family man and a role model, his children will always remember him as a mentor, guide, teacher, coach, our biggest fan and best friend. He truly was our hero!

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Sally Ann (Crowden) Barrett; his loving children, Dr. Erik (Hilary) Barrett, Laurel (Brad) Barrett Kauffman and Bryan (Jackie) Barrett; his wonderful grandchildren whom he adored, Emma and Libby Barrett and Will, Drew, and Lucy Barrett. Denny is also survived by his dear brothers, Dale (Susan) Barrett and Rex (Cindy) Barrett, brother-in-law Fred Crowden (Jo Anne) and sister-in-law, Vicki Schaffer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary & Walter, and beloved granddaughters, Emily Lee and Katie McMillan. Private committal services will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery. A public celebration of Denny’s life will be announced once we are all able to congregate again. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions in Denny’s name to: Second Helpings, The Oaks Academy or Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

Goodbye Denny/Dad/Pops. We loved you very much and we will miss you greatly and forever.

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JJ Curis

March 27, 2020

I have so many amazing memories of Denny from growing up but all of my favorite memories are from our time at Treasure Key. He was always the ring leader of everything we did and always had a huge smile on his face!!!! He will be forever missed and will always be the best role model for anyone as the greatest father. Sending the biggest hugs to everyone in the family. The world lost one of the best!!!!!

JJ Curis

Gerrie-Anne Mohr

March 27, 2020

What a beautiful soul the heavens have received and Denny will be watching his precious family and friends from above.... GerrieAnne

David, Karen & Children Berman

March 27, 2020

Dear Sally & Bryan & Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Denny's passing! We know how special he was to your Family & how much he will be missed by all of you!

We send our condolences to all of you!

David, Karen & Children

Kasee Carlstedt

March 26, 2020

Barrett family,

Denny was the best. We feel so privileged to have known him and spent time with him. His love for his family was always so apparent. Both Denny and Sally’s willingness to include their children’s friends and their families was truly special. We love all of you so much.

Love, The Carlstedts

H Elizabeth Owen

March 26, 2020

I was very lucky to have had Denny in my life when we were young, and I believe he was one of the nicest men I've ever known. Many of my fond memories also include Dale and Rex, Mary and Walt. I know that Denny's death has ripped a hole in the fabric of your lives. I send my heartfelt condolences to you ~ his family and friends. Rest In Peace, Denny.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Elizabeth (Betty Leach) Owen

Greg Mutz

March 26, 2020

I first met Denny back in 1951 -- almost 70 years ago - when we both joined the same Indian Guide troop with our Dads, who happened to be great friends and bowling buddies. I can't remember our Indian Guide names, but I do remember all the good times we had at our bi-weekly meetings and then at the 3 campouts that our Indian Guide troop had each year. Denny and I re-established our friendship when we started at DePauw back in 1963. I got to know Sally, who was a KKG sorority sister of Sonnie Mutz Talley, my sister, and Jeannie Simmons Mutz, later my wife. From time to time I saw Denny and Sally together socially and had much fun. Denny was quite the basketball star + I was a swimmer, which have overlapping seasons. Denny + I saw quite a bit of each other at old Bowman gym working out, showering + engaging in the usual after workout chitchat. We then became even better friends as we both started a multifamily real estate company around the same time. We would talk frequently + bounce ideas, pricing + underwriting assumptions back + forth. Denny is my oldest friend who I have known the longest in my life. Denny is one of the most decent, generous, caring, smart, capable, athletic guys I have ever known. Denny was the whole package + then some. Denny + Sally came to Chicago for Jeannie's funeral + then Emily's funeral. Denny and Sally reached out to me when the world was the darkest + it made a difference in my life. The video tribute captures Denny wonderfully and beautifully. Incredibly well done + pictures his life in all its fullness and richness. The world is a less good place today with Denny's passing. May Denny build the same goodwill + strong series of relationships in the heavens above as he starts up the sequel to Barrett & Stokely. I hope that when I join Denny he has a place for me to labor along side him building and renting out luxury housing with all the amenities + high service levels we both delivered while in this life.

Susan Bajdek

March 26, 2020

Sally, I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. I will be married 53 years in July, so we must have gotten married around the same time. I will always remember your mother and you stopping by our house the day we had the funeral for my father. It meant so much to me. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong Sally and take care.
Susie Reed Bajdek

Angie Upton

March 26, 2020

Dear Barrett Family,
I am thinking of you all at this time and praying for you.
I have come to know Denny over the years on the sidelines watching Emma and my daughter Kylie play soccer. He and Sally were very devoted grandparents. He and Sally were on the sidelines through rain, sun, freezing cold or blistering hot, cheering for both Emma and Coach Erik. I will miss his conversation and smile. Rest in peace my friend.

My deepest sympathy,
Angie Upton

Dianne Halley Stockdale

March 26, 2020

So very sorry to hear of your heartbreak in Denny’s passing. May our Lord bless as all the sweet memories of your life together bring comfort.

King Solomon

March 25, 2020

Denny was maybe the nicest and classiest person I ever met. While working for Barrett & Stokely I had the privilege to work at all the Barrett brothers homes and get acquainted with their families. I love you all and send my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for Sally.
Love,
King.

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