In Memory of Deputy Chief Dennis McGuire
Dennis's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, friends and family donate to this fund at Be Head Strong, in his memory. Be Head Strong supports brain tumor patients and their caregivers in the Kansas City metro area. Thank you in advance for helping remember Dennis in this meaningful way. If you would prefer to donate by check, you can mail those to: Be Head Strong, 3200 McCormick Rd, Kansas City, KS 66115. (Tax ID: 71-0899918).
Dennis M. McGuire, 66, of Olathe, KS passed on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the Olathe Hospice House. Visitation will be at 10:00AM on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Olathe, KS (21650 W 115th Terrace), followed by a memorial Mass at 11:00AM. Interment of ashes will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Lenexa, KS.
Dennis was born on April 12, 1955, in Fort Hood, Texas to Martin J. McGuire Jr. and Francis G. (Connell) McGuire. He graduated from St. Frances Xavier Catholic High School in Junction City, KS. Dennis married his high school sweetheart, Maureen B. (Pollock) McGuire, on August 21st, 1976, and raised three children, Michael, Dustin, and Megan. In 1980 Dennis began his career as a firefighter in Junction City, KS and retired in 2010 as Deputy Chief at Johnson County Fire District #1 in New Century, KS. He satisfied his adventurous spirit with travel, sightseeing, scuba diving, camping, and deer hunting. Dennis never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with just about anybody he encountered. He was called to be of service to others and found lifelong friendships in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, the Knights of Columbus, and his church parish at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Olathe, KS. Dennis loved doting over his four grandchildren, cheering on the KSU Wildcats, and caring for his meticulously manicured lawn. His own toughest critic, Dennis loved to barbeque and held certification as a KCBBS Judge. “A little tough…a little dry.” Dennis held onto his strong will, sense of humor, fearlessness, and unwavering faith in God throughout his tireless fight against Glioblastoma Multiforme brain cancer. He leaves behind unbelievable stories and fond memories that will carry on his legacy for generations.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Daniel R. McGuire, and Cynthia A. (McGuire) Craddock.
He is survived by his wife Maureen B. McGuire of the home and his children, Michael D. McGuire (Benjamin Mustain) of Shawnee, KS, Dustin M. McGuire of Ottawa, KS and Megan A. (McGuire) Cummings (Joel Cummings) of Olathe, KS; four grandchildren, Felix and Poppy McGuire, and Keira and Ethan Cummings; and his siblings, Teresa M. McGuire-Davis, Mary F. Smith, Kathleen J. Noa and Margaret V. McGuire, all of Junction City, KS; Patricia L. Dean of Manhattan, KS; Martin James McGuire III of Reno, NV; Sandra L. Killinger of Lock Haven, PA; John J. McGuire of Rogers, AR; and Richard K. McGuire of Potrero, CA.