Stephen Scott Dennis began his new life with the Lord on May 2nd, 2016 at the age of 52. He was born on July 7, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri to Cary Franks Dennis and Sondra Kay Dennis (Riemenschnitter). He was the younger of two children and lived his whole life in Grandview, Missouri. Graduating from Grandview High School in 1981, Steve went onto Baylor University, transferring on a track scholarship to the University of Arkansas where he completed his Bachelor of Art degree in Graphic Design.
Steve was a multisport athlete but exceled in track and field as a decathlete. He was named All American for 3 years of his collegiate career and was part of the University of Arkansas Triple Crown Championship. In 1984, he was ranked 10th in the world in the decathlon.
Steve married the love of his life, Kelli Lee Moldrup, in March of 1989. They had three children: Tyler Stephen, Cody Scott, and Aubree Nicole. He served in the Naval Reserves for 11 years, achieving the prestigious rank of Chief Petty Officer. Steve received numerous commendations including Honor Recruit in boot camp, 5 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Meritorious Service Award.
He served as Grandview Alderman for 10 years and proudly served as Mayor for 3. During his time in public office, Steve served on the Beyond 2000 Commission where he received two Awards of Merit in 2001 and was the key figure in the inspiration and completion of The View, Grandview’s community center. In 2003, he also earned the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. Steve and his wife were prominent in revitalizing the Truman Heritage Festival. As a visionary and Grandview’s greatest cheerleader, Steve was the impetus for Truman’s Marketplace, the Main Street redevelopment project, and the upcoming Grandview Sports Village.
He was a member of Metro Christian Fellowship for nearly 30 years, a member of the Grandview Historical Society, and served on the Navy Funeral Honors Detail.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived and celebrated by his wife, Kelli; three children Tyler, Cody, and Aubree; and sister Shelley in Buena Vista, CO.
His life will be celebrated on May 15th at 2:00pm at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 304 SW Persels Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Reception to follow.
Steve was a man of integrity and will be greatly missed by so many in the community, his numerous friends, but mostly by his family.
Contributions can be made to
The Steve Dennis Memorial Family Fund.
12821 Manchester, Grandview, MO 64030
c/o Andover State Bank
PO Box 278
Andover, KS 67002