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     Dennis Joe Dighero, age 63, of Lamar, passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Friday, August 7, 2015 north of Lusk, Wyoming.

    Dennis was born February 14, 1952, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the first of the three sons of George and Dee (Burke) Dighero.  He graduated from Lamar High School in 1970 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University.  Dennis had owned and operated a U.S. Cellular Telephone Company in Joplin, Missouri as well as being a pro angler for several years.  He then built a business in accounting, purchasing and operating H & R Block Tax Firms in Lamar, Missouri and Pittsburg, Parsons, and Girard, Kansas. 

     Always active in his community, Dennis was a member of Lamar Metro Club; Barton County Elks Lodge, and Lamar Masonic Lodge.  He was a formidable snooker player, enjoyed the fellowship of Thursday night card games as well as Friday night dinner rides and long bike trips with his partner of more than 20 years, Deana Dockery.  Dennis was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and spend time on the farm.

     Survivors include his father, George Dighero, Lamar; two brothers, Steve Dighero, Fayetteville, Arkansas and George (Tammy) Dighero, Lamar; three nephews, Tyler Dighero, Ozark, Missouri, Justin (Chelsea) Dighero, Lamar, and Casey Dighero, Fayetteville; a niece, Holly Shay (Fernando) Mendez, Fayetteville; a great-nephew, Andrew Mendez and great-nieces, Lily & Georgi Dighero, all of Fayetteville; his Dockery family; and a host of close friends.

     A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 12th at Lamar United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends from noon until service time.  Please come ready to share a special memory or story of good times spent with Dennis and Deana.  Full military honors will be conducted at the service.  Burial will be in Bluff Cemetery at a later date.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Bluff Cemetery or Lamar United Methodist Church in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#39 Odessa, MOLinda Geary 2015-08-18 08:05
I am so sorry for this terrible loss. My heart goes out to their entire families. I have known Dennis for a long time, and he was such an inspiring individual. He and Deana will leave a terrible void to all who knew them.
#38 LamarKent & Debbie Harris 2015-08-15 09:23
Had prepared a few words if needed at Dennis/Deanna's funeral service but did not want it to be about me in any way and appreciated those who did come forward to speak. Not easy to do and was kind of them.
Debbie and I, as quite a few of you were too, long times friends, having ridden 1,000's of miles together, in so many different venues, but one thing was certain: you'd be hard pressed to find a couple more accommodating in making people feel welcome, catering to various needs, watching out for people who followed them, making sure things were clear for the group before moving forward, and seeking to learn how they can help others be comfortable and enjoy each other's company all in good fun. Our hearts are broken as many are even a week later, and for some time to come, but we know the Lord has a plan in our lives for those of us who remain on this earth. May our decisions we make be to always try to love of the Lord with all our hearts, mind, soul and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Having them taken away from our lives so quickly tells us how precious this gift of life is, and the fact none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so as Dennis/Deanna did so much to try be a helper to many, let us do our best always. Never easy, but we are called to try. May the Lord heal thru time our heavy hearts and pray for the families and friends to have strength for each day to come.
#37 Lamar, MONancy Hurst Donahoo 2015-08-14 06:45
Dennis has been in our family for many years, and he's seemed like my brother-in-law too. We have celebrated most holidays as one big family for many years. He was always so fun-loving, ornery, and kind when we were together. He and Deana were right on our way home when they lived in their Hagny home, Brad would often stop at their house if one or both were outside, and we'd have some bonding time in their driveway, on the patio, or in their home. We already miss them terribly. (Dennis, you are surely riding those golden streets of Heaven, and we'll be joining you there someday. We know you'll be there with that smile and cheerful greeting. Love you so much.)
#36 McPherson KsGary & Fran Lare 2015-08-13 08:54
Prayers headed out to the family, so sorry and a great loss. God be with you all.
#35 Karen Johnson 2015-08-12 07:46
RIP Dennis.....So glad that you were my friend
#34 MissouriTiffany And Jr Brabant 2015-08-12 07:19
Prayers and Condolences to friends and Family. We'd never met except in passing. We were traveling just minutes in front of the bikes on that Wyoming stretch headed back to Missouri..We wondered why we didn't see them again.We are so sorry for your loss!!
#33 Liberal, MOSheila Stewart 2015-08-11 23:07
Prayers to the family for your loss. Dennis was my boss at H & R Block during the first 2 years of his beginning there. Fun guy!
RIP Dennis
#32 Lamar MOSarabelle DeWitt 2015-08-11 20:14
So sorry for the families of Dennis and Deana. They will be missed by a host of family and friends
#31 carson family 2015-08-11 19:58
our love is with george,and family....our family is gettting to small.
#30 Carthage, MOJoe/Judy Boyd 2015-08-11 17:36
Our sincere sympathy to all of the family and friends of Dennis. We only knew Dennis through mutual friends, and was with him only a few times. That was enough to know he was a person you would like to know better. We share your grief!
Rest in Peace, Dennis.

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