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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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Anne Duncan

April 2, 2020

My sympathy to the Barrett family. My daughter Kelly Sheridan went to elementary school with Laurie Barrett. Denny was always available to spend time with my daughter as if she was part of his family. Sally was also very willing to help with rides to and from all the girls activities. A wonderful man and wonderful family. With my deepest sympathy, Anne Duncan

Richard Downey

March 31, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Sally, Dale, Rex and the rest of the Barrett family. I spent a lot of overnights with Walter and Mary Barrett who were in charge of the four of us (no easy job). A lot of our time was spent playing outdoor basketball 2 on 2. Denny made special provisions for Rex as he was shorter and 4yrs. or so younger. The rule was that defense couldn't block his shot and the Denny rule was sometimes enforced over the objection of Dale, but did work and turned our games into a dog fight.
I last had lunch with Denny and Jay Wise in Chandler, Arizona when Denny was on a golf outing in 2015. It was a long lunch and the best part was that I reconnected with Denny and since we have had numerous conversations via text, etc.
In closing, I have one fond memory of his Howe basketball years that I would like to share. It was a game that I started and Denny was benched. During the first quarter Denny came in as a substitute. I watched him play an amazing game and the headlines in the Indianapolis Star the next day were....Howe wins "Dandy Denny pumps in 29." I was never replaced by a better man!

Jenny Berger

March 31, 2020

Barrett Family,
I do not believe I have ever seen kinder eyes or a warmer smile than Denny’s. He clearly poured his heart and soul into all of you and must have been so proud of each and every one of you. I hope your memories of the many wonderful and loving family experiences bring you peace.
Jenny Stephens Berger

Holly Betz

March 31, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Denny's passing. I first met Denny through my dad, Frank Hapak. He so admired Denny and cherished his friendship. Later in my life I had the privilege and pleasure of working with him. Such a kind and intelligent gentleman who had the patience to help a young attorney learn the business of real estate development. A complete class act, as my Dad would say. My sincere condolences to your entire family. God Bless.

Holly Hapak Betz

Gary Kruchten

March 30, 2020

As we walk through life we have the opportunity to make friends if only for a brief time. That was my case with Denny. We played basketball together and attended Howe High School during the 1960's. Denny was one of those unique individuals that everyone liked and respected. He had a special sparkle in his eyes and a gentle character that made him easy to get to know and respect. As I recall he lost his father while attending Howe and consequently assumed great responsibilities as a helper and leader to his family. I will always cherish the fact that I was blessed to meet and get to know him as a friend. I am confident that the Good Lord has reserved a special place for him in heaven and I know I will see him once again.

Lindsey Beeman (Shebuski)

March 30, 2020

Tennis tournaments - always and no matter what he smiled at me. He has a smile that warms your heart. Love you Laurie! You are one special lady like youR dad and my heart is with you all right now. I’ll always have fond memories of seeing him before or after we played ...true class act. Sending all my love ❤️

Lori House

March 29, 2020

Sally,
I was so sorry to hear the news about Denny. My condolences to you and your family. You have such beautiful memories that you will cherish forever. With a heavy heart, you are in my thoughts. What a beautiful tribute.

Lori House

Jim Life

March 29, 2020

I first met Denny when he worked for John Hart. My company had financed the Emerald Green Condominiums for John and Denny met with us about this project. Our paths crossed many times as he and his company developed and owned rental property.

Denny was a high class person and it was a privilege to have known him.

Jim Life

Marcia Rafferty Zgirta

March 29, 2020

Oh Sally and family, so very sad for you. So many memories of learning to waterski and play pool at Maxinkuckee (and getting paid to do it) as I watched the kids in between.
Your support of my work with Cru over the years was so appreciated.
What I remember about Denny is how true are the words in his obituary. It was always obvious how great his love was for you and Erik, Lauri and Scott. He had a smile that would light up the room.
May God be your comfort and peace during this time. May you find joy in all the sweet memories of times with him and family. Hugs, love and prayers, Marcia

Doug King

March 29, 2020

Barretts,

So very sorry for your loss. Denny was, simply put, a great guy.

I'll always remember the days he and I coached Bryan and Peter on the Allisonville Little League All-Stars, and that he never let me forget the game we lost when I pulled the infield in and a kid on the other team hit the ball over Bryan's head, which he surely would've caught if I hadn't.

Or, the AAU basketball team Denny coached on which Bryan & Peter played, and we played in the Wigwam in Anderson & our kids got their clocks cleaned by the Wheeler Boys Club, led by eventual Mr. Basketball Jason Gardner. And went out for pizza afterwards, families and players, and he made the kids feel OK about it.

So many great memories, such a great father and man. He will be sorely missed.

All the best,

Doug King



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