Dennis Leonard ~ in our care … August 28, 2020

Clarksdale, Mo.…..

Dennis Leonard, age 72, passed away on August 28, 2020 at his home in Clarksdale, MO. He was surrounded by his closest family and friends. 

He was born on May 20, 1948 in Clarksdale, MO, to Lloyd and Martha Leonard. Dennis graduated from Maysville high school and graduated from Moeler barber school in Kansas City, MO. He went on to become the owner of The New Desari Lounge and Dennis’s barber shop in St. Joseph. Some of his friends knew him as “Big L” while family knew him as “Big Grandpa”, due to his enormous stature. With a heart the size of his stature, he was loved by many and always said what was on his mind whether anyone wanted to hear it or not. He was a knowledgeable and hardworking man that loved his family dearly. He admired the winged creatures of the world and was fond of the idea of soaring with the Eagles. He was committed to always standing strong for what he believed in and he encouraged others to do the same.

He is preceded in death by his parents (Lloyd and Martha Leonard), grandson (Dakota Lopez), mother-in-law, (Jeanne Hanson). He is survived by his sister Cathy Sprague (Leonard); wife, Cindy Leonard; children – Pennie Ellis (Chris), Ryan Leonard (Andrea), Desiree Lopez (Bonnie), & David Lopez, Jr.; Grandchildren – Markie Mitchell (Mark), Kaine Fleshman, Noah Fleshman (Hannah), Kylie Villanueva (Lester), Vincent Leonard (Ava), Madison Sowell, Matya Babcock, & David Lopez III, Gabriel Ball; Great-grandchildren – Parker, Olivia, Kalaya, Emma, & Rhyker plus numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family is taking donations for final expenses through Turner Family Funeral Home in Maysville, MO or through FB fundraiser. All friends and family are invited to enjoy a potluck dinner full of stories on Tuesday, Sept. 1st at 5pm at Hyde Park in St. Joseph, MO. 

12 Responses to “Dennis Leonard ~ in our care … August 28, 2020”

  1. Terry Faul August 29, 2020 at 12:31 am #

    Dear Cindy and family,
    Our prayers and best thoughts to you all as you grieve Dennis’s passing. He was a life long friend I will miss dearly. He will be missed.
    Terry and Donna

  2. Carol Ann Christian Schell August 29, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

    My dearest Dennis you will be missed by many especially me you were my dearest and most talked about friend I had. Remembering basketball games was one of my best and of course your sister. You are and will be missed for days to come! You are now soaring with the eagles they will lead you to the highest of highs!God has blessed you my friend!

  3. Carol Christian Schell August 29, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

    My dearest Dennis you will be missed by many especially me you were my dearest and most talked about friend I had. Remembering basketball games was one of my best and of course your sister. You are and will be missed for days to come! You are now soaring with the eagles they will lead you to the highest of highs!God has blessed you my friend!

  4. Alvin Ewart August 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

    Rest in peace Dennis my good friend.

  5. Ron (RE) Sherard August 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

    Condolences to Dennis’ family. Remember many of the pranks he and Terry Faul did while at Maysville R-1. The Class of ’66 is diminished.

  6. Sandy Willis August 30, 2020 at 6:13 am #

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my long time friend Dennis Leonard. We have known each other since the 70s. We worked together at the Shangrila Lounge back in the day and other nightclubs. Big Dennis was our bouncer protector and friend. He always listened and cared about others. Upstanding good guy. He used to cut my son Brandon’s hair. I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him. May you rest in peace my friend. My thoughts are with all his family.

  7. Craig and Terry DeBord August 30, 2020 at 7:05 pm #

    Prayers and thoughts are for Dennis’s family. He will be missed.

  8. Lisa Fuqua August 31, 2020 at 11:56 pm #

    Rip Dennis! My condolences to the family of this dear man. When my son was a small boy my father would walk with him down to the Dennises shop and they would both get their haircut. Thanks for always making my father and son look good . You will definitely be missed.

  9. Larry Dugan September 1, 2020 at 12:29 am #

    Enjoyed the many years of visiting with Dennis in the barber chair. He always had an opinion and shared it with everyone in the room. Quite a gentle giant. It was never a chore getting my hair cut by Dennis; more of an adventure. My prayers to the family. I was very lucky to have known him.

  10. Glenn curetob September 2, 2020 at 1:43 am #

    Dennis was a great neighbor and friend I recently talked to him Sorry to hear that he passed. Condolences to the family

  11. Tonya Long Mercer September 2, 2020 at 2:50 am #

    Rest In Peace Uncle Dennis.

  12. Gwen Sill September 3, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    So sorry to hear the passing of Dennis.I had know Dennis for most of my life him and my mom Fannie Maude were good friends. I worked in the bar industry and he cut my son’s hair most of his childhood life. He was a good man and will be missed.

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