Dennis Rotgers

(April 17th, 1941 - October 26th, 2016)

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     Dennis Kent Rotgers, age 75 of Sparta, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in his home, surrounded by friends and family, under the care of Mercy Hospice. He was born April 17, 1941 in the small community of Iowa Falls, Iowa as the youngest of three children to Rudolph and Hattie (Penning) Rotgers. He was confirmed at St. John's UCC, in Ackley, Iowa. On August 17, 1959 he was united in marriage to Karla Jean Eichmeier and together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Dennis graduated in 1959 from Ackley high school in Ackley, Iowa, where he played football. After graduation, he was employed at Weber’s Motors as a mechanic. Through his life he worked at Farmland and in construction, but his real love was the land that he was a caretaker of for the Bass Pro property, where he and Karla live for 26 year. During this time Dennis was able to breed, raise and show award-winning Charolaise cattle. Dennis is survived by his wife Karla; a daughter, Tracy Hillhouse and husband Ted of Kansas City, Mo; a son Rick of Sparta, Mo; and three grandchildren: Shanna Eiklenborg, Caleb Hillhouse and Amy Rotgers. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jean Rotgers Reiken; brother, Cecil Rotgers, and his in-laws, Romaine and Luella Eichmeier. Memorial funeral services for Dennis will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the family at 4500 State Hwy 125 North, Sparta, Mo 65753. Cremation under the care of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. On line condolences may be shared at

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