In Loving Memory
Dennis Dale Crowl
November 15, 1945 – January 26, 2020
Dennis D. Crowl died on Sunday, January 26, at the age of 74 after a short battle with cancer. His only child Denise, sister Diane, brother in law Bill, and niece Donna were right by his side comforting him, and giving him love, until he took his final breath.
Dennis was born November 15, 1945 in Wichita, Kansas. He was raised in Wichita where he attended North High School and was part of the 1963 graduating class. He then attended The University of Kansas, graduating in 1973. Dennis served in the Air Force and later became a mechanical engineer for his entire working career.
Dennis was a sweet, gentle man who did anything for his family and friends. He was adored by many, especially by his only grandchild (grandson Kellan), for whom Dennis equally adored. They were two peas in a pod and spent as much time together as possible. They especially loved playing June’s Journey or competing in as many ping pong games as they could squeeze into a day. They often spoke about sports, especially about the Kansas Jayhawks, Kellan’s basketball accomplishments, and the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. They loved being partners in Hand and Foot and battling head to head in Fantasy Football (in fact, before Kellan was old enough to have his own fantasy football team, he was his grandpa’s team manager). Kellan will always treasure the special things that G’Pa D taught him. Dennis’s daughter, Denise, will always remember the special relationship that Kellan and her dad had and hold it close to her heart.
Dennis was a true fan of many things in life, which included his beloved Kansas Jayhawks, who won the final game he saw against Tennessee on Saturday night, January 25th. As Denise was rushing to get by her dad’s side that night it just so happened that she ended up sitting right next to #30, Ochai Agbaji’s dad (Big O), to watch the end of that game on a layover in the Detroit airport of all places. Denise was thrilled to get her dad on the phone to tell him who she was watching the end of the game with. Dennis will forever be a part of Jayhawk Nation and chant ROCKCHALK JAYHAWK GO KU! He also loved the Dallas Cowboys and Nascar, with his man being the one and only Dale Earnhardt, and then of course Dale Jr. He loved his 1973 Corvette Stingray that has a 454 engine; it inspired him to want to be a race car driver himself. Dennis was a fine Blackjack player and may have been escorted out of a casino a time or two, but it’s important to know that he was not counting cards!
Dennis’s family will cherish many memories with “Dude” and always remember him for his “higher plane” strategy when playing the favorite family card game, Hand and Foot. They will forever remember his pecan pies, his genuine smile, his laugh, and his endearing mannerisms.
Dennis is survived by his daughter Denise Krueger (son in law Dave, and grandson Kellan), his little sister Diane Thompson (brother in law Bill), sister in law Iva Jean Crowl, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his best friend Bill Patton.
As Charlie Puth so appropriately sings: “It’s been a long day without you my friend, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. We’ve come a long way from where we began, Oh I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again, when I see you again. Why’d you have to leave so soon, Why’d you have to go, Why’d you have to leave me when I needed you the most. I know you’re in a better place but it’s always going to hurt. Carry on, Give me all the strength I need to carry on”…Until we meet again Dad.