Dennis D. "Denny" Parker

July 10, 1937February 17, 2014
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Dennis Devon Parker (Denny), 76, of Peculiar, Missouri, passed away on February 17, 2014, at Sunrise Assisted Living, in Leawood, KS, from complications related to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Dennis was born on July 10, 1937, in Elmira, Michigan, to Joseph and Ruth Parker. He was the oldest of three brothers. He graduated from Mackenzie High School, in Detroit, Michigan, where he participated in track and field, and was a member of the football team. From there, he went on to earn a degree in Engineering and Economics from Wayne State University in Michigan, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational and Management Development from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and a Master’s Degree in Management from Pace University in New York. Dennis was no stranger to hard work. While he was studying at Wayne State University, he joined Michigan Bell as an Electronics Technician and, over the course of ten years, worked his way up to Senior Technician, then to Supervisor, and finally, to Area Switch Manager. In 1971, he joined A T & T in New York as a District Manager, transferred back to Michigan as a District Plant Manager in 1973, and then transferred back to New York as a Division Manager in 1977. In 1985, Dennis left A T & T to start his own consulting business, The Princeton Institute. In 1989, he started Independent Telecommunications Networks, Inc. (ITN) and built it into a nationwide company. Once ITN was a multimillion dollar company, he decided to look for another challenge, as the company had reached the goals that he had set. At that point, he left to do a turnaround at Prairie Systems, Inc., in Omaha, Nebraska, and had it profitable in 16 months. With Prairie Systems achieving success, Dennis moved to Chicago and joined 21st Century Cable Group as Senior VP for Marketing. When it was sold in 2001, he signed on with Teleconverge of California as Chief Operating Officer and in 2004, he joined Boardroom Consultants. In 2005, he retired from corporate life and worked as an independent consultant to businesses and future entrepreneurs. While he was busy excelling in his career, Dennis also had an amazing family life. He married Joy Teetsel on September 22, 1962, and they had their first child the following year. From there, they continued on to have four more children. Joy stayed home with the children while Dennis worked hard to provide for the family. As his family grew, Dennis could be seen supporting his children’s activities at dance recitals, band competitions (always dressed in his signature Stewart plaid pants!), sporting events, and highland games. An accomplished drummer, Dennis played drums with the George Minto quintet in Detroit and taught drum lessons. He passed his love of drumming onto his children, and his grandchildren. Dennis loved music…especially jazz and classical music. His favorite classical composer was Rimsky Korsakov. He also loved hearing the bagpipes and you could always see him at drum and bugle corps shows, cheering on his favorite corps, The Blue Devils. Dennis was also car enthusiast and an amazing mechanic. As a young man, he built a 1940 Ford C-Gasser and raced it at the Detroit Dragway. He ended up driving the car in the Indy 500 drag finals and won a trophy. Later on in life, you could always find him tinkering under the hood of a car, fixing something or another (usually for his family’s benefit!). Even today, the garage is filled with an auto mechanics dream tools! Dennis is survived by his wife, Joy; his children; Christy and Richard Bean, Stacey Parker, Robyn Parker Kevin and Trisha Parker, and Jason and Tricia Parker; his granddaughter, Jessica Parker; his grandsons; Denys, Aidan, Chase, Graham, Maxwell and Nicholas Parker; and his brothers, Gary Parker, and John Parker, along with their families. Dennis is predeceased by his mother, Ruth; his father, Joseph; and his nephew, Corey Mason. Dennis’ life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Visitation will be held 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. A lunch will be served after the service at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3105 W 135th St, Leawood, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, Maryland 21093, or to Heartland Hospice, 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 180, Kansas City, Missouri 64131. Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Hannah Reynolds

March 20, 2014

My heart goes out to Joy, Christy and the entire family. He was always so happy when I would come out. Even if that meant we would just watch CSI or even movies. Every time I watch a musical or Swing Kids i'll be thinking of you. You will be missed deeply

Ann & George Neff

March 19, 2014

We extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Parker family on the passing of your patriarch, Dennis Devon Parker. I (Ann) met Dennis in the course of my work in the Bell Telephone system. And as my husband George says, “When I met Dennis, I could tell from the beginning that he was the kind of guy who would be a great friend.” From mentoring me in my business career, working with him as a consultant, and then extending those relationships to home and family, Dennis Parker has been an important person; a great friend, in my life. He has fixed my car, taken us to a Drum Corps competition, hosted us at the lake, and visited us in New Jersey. We will miss getting together with Dennis on our trips to puppet conventions in Missouri. I hope to, sometime, hear again his cheery greeting of “Hey, lady!”.

Don Bean

March 8, 2014

Christy and family,sorry for your loss I sure enjoyed meeting Denny the time we were in KC at the lake and will always remember the good visit we had, just keep him close we will all know he made a good life for your family and will be missed.

Amanda Bean

March 8, 2014

You are all in my heart and in my prayers. I love you!

March 7, 2014

My last visit with Denny was a blessing and one I will remember for a long time. Denny always had a smile for me and he lifted my heart. He will be missed by me and Sharon. God Bless Joy and the rest of the family. I know that Denny is looking down on you.
Love Bob and Sharon Davis

Andrea Zack Group

March 6, 2014

I am very thankful to have known Denny! He made me laugh and smile everytime I had the pleasure of seeing him! His family made me feel very welcome in their home, even Apollo! Joy remember whatever you need, just let me know!

Donna McElwain

March 5, 2014

Our deepest sympathy. Although we were only neighbors for a short period, Denny is fondly remembered.

Bill and Vicki Kronberg

March 5, 2014

Joy and Family ... So very sorry for your loss. Bill has known Denny for about 55 years and it was my pleasure to finally meet you, Denny and your family. Our prayers and thought are with you and hugs

Patricia & Lynn Rogler

March 4, 2014

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Sincerest condolences.

Conrad Kulatz

March 4, 2014

Denny and I, with mutual friends went from being teenagers to men, to parents, as we matured. I have always been proud to count Denny and Joy as lifelong friends; despite our separation in time and space as life dictated. My very deepest condolences to Joy and family at your great loss!