Dennis James Larkin
Dennis James Larkin, 57 , of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, KS.
He was born on February 8, 1964, the son of the late Frances Ernestine (Kahmeyer) Larkin and Kenneth F. Larkin of Medicine Lodge, KS. On August 15, 1987 he married, Debra (Yager) Larkin in Lincoln, KS. She survives. They would have been celebrating 34 years of marriage.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Debra Larkin of Medicine Lodge, KS, are his father, Kenneth Larkin of Medicine Lodge, KS; three children, Andrew (Kristine Landwehr) Larkin, Kayla (Mark Coley) Larkin, and Breanna (Dakota Lonker) Larkin, all of Medicine Lodge, KS; three grandchildren, Jemma Jolene Whitebread, Lainey Coley, and Jocelyn Jones; one brother, Jason (Tricia) Larkin of Medicine Lodge, KS; one sister, Cynthia (Kevin) Regier of Great Bend, KS; one sister-in-law, Pamela (Todd) Schimke of De Soto, KS; seven nieces and nephews, Zachary and Avery Larkin, Jacob and Emilie Regier, and Cora, Connor, and Colton Schimke; father-in-law, William W. Yager.
Dennis was a contract oil pumper, following in his dad, grandpa, and uncle's footsteps. Dennis was an avid Oklahoma State Cowboys Fan. He and his family would travel to Stillwater and take in both football and basketball games. He was elated when Bre decided to attend OSU. He even drove an orange Tundra pickup for several years. Dennis was known for his friendly personality and lots of people enjoyed his teasing and wise-cracking demeanor. Over the years as his children played school and summer sports he was the team's biggest fan and cheerleader; and was just beginning to follow his granddaughter, Jemma in her athletic adventures. Dennis had recently taken up gardening. He loved being able to eat and share with others what he was able to grow. Fishing was an activity he also enjoyed with his family and friends. If you knew Dennis you knew he had a love for animals, especially dogs. He saved several animals over the years from their untimely deaths. His Cocker, Molly, rode with him for 15 years until the family had to put her to sleep this past winter and he was really heartbroken. Of all his activities and pastimes, his most cherished were Sunday night dinners surrounded by his entire family. Dennis loved spending time with his family. Even though he may have told people they were his biggest pain they were really the biggest joy of his life.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104 from Noon to 8:00 p.m., with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Dwain Richert and Father Mark Brantley presiding.
Memorials may be made to USD 254 (for a scholarship in memory of Dennis) or Quarters for Canines, in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.
Posted online on August 10, 2021