Dennis "Denny" Barfels

Born in Gladbrook, IA
Born on May 28, 1942
Departed on May 7, 2019

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Dennis (Denny) James Barfels, 76, of Iowa City passed away at home on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Dennis was born on May 28th, 1942; the son of William (Jack) and Lorrine (Moeller) Barfels of Gladbrook, IA. Dennis graduated from Gladbrook High School in 1960, attended Kirkwood Community College, and married Karen Boddicker, Cedar Rapids, on February 14th, 1977 at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, NV. 

Dennis enjoyed a challenging and rewarding career at Rockwell Collins until his retirement in 1997. He started on the production line in 1965 and worked various positions before retiring as a Senior Buyer for the Avionics division.

Throughout his life, Denny pursued many interests. He was an avid photographer, and also a motorcyclist and train enthusiast. He and Karen also loved to travel and vacation as often as possible. Denny’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, Dylan and Dani. He never failed to make all their time together special. There were countless hours spent playing games, fishing, and watching movies.

Dennis is survived by his daughter, Dawn, and husband, David Pitts; grandchildren, Dylan and Danielle Pitts; special nephew, Rusty Barfels; brother-in-law, Don Villers; sisters-in-law, Sandy Barfels and Lisa Boddicker, brothers and sisters-in-law; Shari and Kevin Huber, Kris and Tom Frimml, Sue and Tom Sedenka, Ken and Tess Boddicker, and many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Paul Barfels, James Barfels, and Barbara Villers, and by his beloved wife, Karen Marie (Boddicker) Barfels.

Denny’s love of family, generosity, and quick wit will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contribution be made to the American Diabetes Association.