Dennis Wayne Heusi, 70 years old, of Effingham, Kansas, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at his home with Janice by his side following a battle with lung disease and cancer. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 28 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison Kansas, with Mark Armstrong officiating. The body has been cremated and burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 27 the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison. Memorial contributions are suggested to Muscotah Cancer Group, American Lung Association or Friends of Hospice, Holton, Kansas, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Words of comfort and remembrance may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Dennis was born on June 25, 1949, in Holton, Kansas, the son of Alfred Wayne and Mildred Rose (Moore) Heusi. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1967 and attended Highland Community College for two years. Dennis served in the Kansas Army National Guard from March 1970 to March 1976.
He was married to Janice Ann Gilliland on Nov. 27, 1971. He worked at the former Rockwell International, Atchison, Kansas, as a machinist and patternmaker. They moved to Creston in Oct. 1978 and he worked as a patternmaker for the Fansteel/Wellman Dynamics Corp. They returned to Effingham, Kansas, in Sept. 1993, and he worked for Atchison Pattern Works. Dennis and Janice owned and operated DJ’s Food and Fuel, in Effingham from 2001 to 2014.
While in Iowa, Dennis was active in the Lions Club and served on the city council. He enjoyed playing cards, listening to oldies music, dancing, hunting and fishing, camping, boating, trapping and just being outside. He was active with his sons’ sports including coaching Little League baseball, teaching everyone how to water ski and going to wrestling matches.
Survivors include his wife Janice Heusi of the home in Effingham, Kansas, two sons: Kylee Wayne (Sadie) Heusi of Liberty, Missouri, and Thayne Michael (Michelle) Heusi of Topeka, Kansas; grandchildren: Casey, Cash, Charlotte, and Calvin, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and one aunt.
His parents preceded him in death.