Dennis Barritt

A Memorial gathering for Dennis D. Barritt, 66, Lawrence, will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  He died on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at KU Medical Center.

Dennis was born on June 11, 1946, in Hutchinson, KS the son of Dene and Roverta Stockham Barritt.  

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the KU School of Business in 1968, his Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the KU School of Law in 1971, and a Graduate Degree in Banking from the University of Colorado in 1974.  While attending KU, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

He owned Westridge Development Company, had worked at Douglas County Bank, and from 1970 – 1980, had been Vice President of Lawrence National Bank in Lawrence.

Survivors include daughter, Christen Weatherford, Edmund, OK; son, Tony Barritt, Lawrence; sisters, Julie Barritt, Hutchinson, Pamela Humphrey, Lawrence; brother, David Barritt, New York, NY; grandsons, Chance Barritt, Lawrence, Riley Weatherford, Edmund, OK; and nieces, Talena Hooper, St. Louis, MO, Trina Serrault, Olathe, KS.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Lawrence Humane Society or to a Charity of Donor’s Choice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


20 Condolences

  1. Taletha Lehmann "Houk" on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on your loss. My family has known Dennis for many, many years. My father concidered Dennis to be among one of his closest friends. We will miss him greatly.

  2. John Cotter MD on November 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Dennis was one of my best buddies in highschool I still remember the morning at work in highschool when he said one day I will be a lawyer and I said I will be a doctor. He did it and so did I – he had amazing promise and ability with people. Maybe he and I, and his long gone friend Rick, will all play a game of touch football again. M’y condolences to Christen and Connie and Rita and all the family. All my sympathies John

  3. Kate Boyd on November 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Tony, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Losing a parent is always hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and please let me know if you need anything at all.

  4. Susan Shears Hubbard on November 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Dennis was a great friend in Hutchinson High School and at KU. His smile could light up a room and that twinkle in his eye could melt many a young girl’s heart. Dennis fulfilled many of his dreams and we were so proud of him. I too may one day join that Green Street touch football gang high in the sky. With utmost sympathy, Shears

  5. Larry & Vicki Albertson on November 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  6. John Reed on November 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Dennis – We hardly knew ye…lately. I am saddened by the news of your passing, and only wish that your last years could have been better. So, we remember the past and it was good. May the grace of God be with you now as you rest peacefully…finally!

  7. Christen (Barritt) Weatherford on November 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Dad accomplished many great things. It saddens my heart that he didn’t continue to live up to his potential and that so many relationships were lost.
    These entries are very nice to read and we greatly appreciate them.
    I would like to say thanks to my aunts for watching over him all these years. He certainly couldn’t have continued without you.
    I hope that he now has some much needed peace!

  8. Denise Yonts on November 14, 2012 at 3:04 am

    My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Dennis. I have many good memories of Dennis and his friendship. Dennis was always such a nice person to anyone around him. God Bless!!

  9. John Missildine on November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I so very sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Dennis. I have not been in touch with Dennis for years. I will keep my fondest and funiest memories from good times in high school days with Dennis always in my mind. His days are now filled with PEACE. My sympathies and best regards to all the family. John

  10. Nancy J Dixon on November 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I recently visited with Dennis at the grocery store. If through his difficulties his SMILE reamined the same. We talked and shared a laugh. Dennis and I have crossed paths in the BANKING WORLD in Lawrence, HAPPY HOUR at BECERROS, and we worked together in the CONSTRUCTION WORLD. I worked with a friend cleaning his NEW PROPERTIES. It was a JOY learning Banking from him, Joining him at HAPPY HOUR and as his EMPLOYEE!! DENNIS WAS A FRIEND!!!! GOODBYE FRIEND.

  11. Phyllis "Byrd" Long on November 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

    So sorry about Denney. When little kids, he would spend a lot of time at the cleaners. My Dad Earl Byrd was a presser for Dene “Mutt” Barritt. We lived across the alley on Plum St. We had great times as kids. I knew he had become a lawyer and that is about all. Good for you Denney, my childhood friend.
    Rest in Peace.

  12. Phyllis "Byrd" Long on November 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

    So sorry about Denney. When little kids, he would spend a lot of time at the cleaners. My Dad Earl Byrd was a presser for Dene “Mutt” Barritt. We lived across the alley on Plum St. We had great times as kids. I knew he had become a lawyer and that is about all. Good for you Denney, my childhood friend.
    Rest in Peace.

  13. Bob Wells on November 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

    It’s been years since I’ve even seen Dennis, but often tell my friends here in Norman, OK how the most charismatic and popular class leader influenced all of us toward universal tolerance to diversity before these words became PC. It was from a kind heart.

  14. Connie Holford Barritt Hofmeister on November 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    It is so nice to read the messages from long lost friends, and just so sorry it has to be for this reason. Dennis gave me my most loved and prized gift, my daughter Christen. My love and thoughts go out to her and his brother and sisters.

  15. Bob Seefeldt on November 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Dennis and I went to school together from 3rd grade through highschool. We did a lot of things we probably should be ashamed of but we had a heck of a good time. Miss ya old pal.

  16. Jean Bennett Bromley on November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Graber Elem. School was my first introduction to the charming Dennis B. with the smile, eyes, and friendly ways. Even though is journey through life was not easy his accomplishments were many. My sympathies go out to the family. May you find solace in knowing that Dennis is now at peace.

  17. Diane Messing McClure on November 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Certainly a light has gone from all our lives with the passing of Dennis. When we were 13, Dennis was my first romance and his spirit and sweetness have been a happy memory all these years. My family sends our heart-felt sympathy.
    Diane Messing McClure

  18. Jimmy Snead on November 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I worked for Dennis for a period of 10 years.It was during that time I realized that I was working for a very smart individual who cared about people.I learned what hard work and drive was all about! Dennis would tell me”you can’t make a mistake if you don’t try”.I’ve been trying since.Thanks Dennis.My sympathy goes out to all of his family.Glad your at peace old buddy.

  19. Bill Webster on November 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

    To the family of Dennis Barritt
    You have my thoughts and prayers for your loss.
    I met Dennis in the early 1970’s at Douglas County Bank and considered him not only a great person but a great friend all these years.
    Sorry I didn’t get this to you sooner but have been out of the country.
    Bill Webster

  20. Ahmad on October 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I concur with Dennis and Scott that adidoticn is a chronic condition. Assuming I worked at a public treatment center there are several things I would do to further the work of aligning this belief to what is actually practiced in our profession. Direct work with clients and families would include the education piece about how adidoticn is like having cancer, not like having a really bad case of the measles. Framing the issue of chronic vs. acute this way is crucial to helping all involved take the long view of success. Group work with a mixed-stage set of clients over an extended number of sessions as in Weegmann and English, skyped or cell phone based assertive continuing care, in-person quarterly RMC’s, would all be woven into my practice (assuming my agency was supportive). Much systemic work is needed to spread this vital reframing of adidoticn as a chronic condition. From an education standpoint, this concept and practice is not a hard shift to sell, but many of these shifts will cost money. When it comes down to dollars that is a different story. From all levels within the agency, to community, state and federal funding sources both education and advocacy is necessary. I am ready to sign up for the sustained push that is required for progress to be made. Taking these sytemic changes even further into the very critical need for overall change in our nation’s adidoticn treatment and aftercare structure. Toward that end I agree with McClellan and Meyers and say increases in funding support are needed to implement best practices in treating adults, adolescents, those who are dually diagnosed and incarcerated.

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