Funeral Services will be held on Monday August 16 at 7 p.m. at Froberg Funeral Home in Alvin, TX.
A celebration of his life is planned for Thursday, August 19 at 10:30am at the First Presbyterian Church in McPherson, KS.
I had the privilege to jump with my Uncle Dennis and grow up around all of his planes, parachutes & many friends in the skydiving community. He really did always have a smile on his face and never turned down a free beer.
A buddy & I were on our way to Wichita in '91 when we drove right into the Andover tornado. We survived, but it wasn't pretty. I knew we had a safe haven in Derby where Dennis & his family lived at the time, and when he answered the door all he said was, "You look like you need a beer!" - Boy did I ever.
And my first inkling of how many lives he would touch was when we were flying my Grandpa's Mooney down to Florida. Somewhere over Georgia I think, he was talking on the radio when someone interrupted and said, "That sounds like Dennis Anderson!" Are you kidding me? We are in the middle of nowhere, and somebody knew his voice!
I've been telling everyone within earshot that if you are on the road, there are motorcycles on the road with you. It doesn't matter if you are on your bicycle or on a bus, motorcycles are everywhere. Look out for them. Their life depends on YOU paying attention to the road, not to your phone, that last text message, the kids in the backseat or the radio.
Being a family member affected by this and a rider as well, it's tough interpreting my feelings right now. Sadness that such a good man has passed; sorrow for my family; anger for the senselessness of it all; helplessness for not being there... But if Dennis' passing makes you stop and think - even for a minute - the next time you're out on the road, then maybe I'll feel a sense of hope as well.
God Bless You all for your kind words of encouragement and especially for the prayers. I know his family appreciates everything you do.
-- Blue Skies forever --