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Dennis Dean Warden

November 24, 1954 — December 19, 2023

Dennis Warden, 69, passed away on December 19, 2023 in Claremore, Ok. He is survived by his wife, Lisa of Broken Arrow, OK; his mother, Sally Brown; one older brother, Charles Allen Warden of Mustang, OK; two younger brothers, Brent Warden (wife, Jennifer) of Piedmont, OK, and J. Bradley Warden (wife, Amy) of Chickasha, OK. Dennis also leaves his four children, Shanna Blanton (husband, William) of Linden, NC born in 1977, Bryan Dean Warden, born in 1986, Christopher Glen Warden, born in 1988 and Zachary Charles Warden born in 1990, all of Broken Arrow, OK.; grandchildren, Wyatt Blanton, Nicholas Blanton, Noah Warden; great-grandson Hudson Blanton as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dennis is Preceded in death by his father, John Charles Warden on Nov. 26, 2022.

Dennis, a native of Liberal, Kansas, born on November 24, 1954, embarked on a life's journey that touched the hearts of many. He spent his formative years in Liberal, attending Liberal High School before answering the call to serve his country by enlisting in the US Army in 1972. His dedication and determination led him to complete training in Ft. Collins, CO, where he honed his skills for service abroad in Germany until 1975.

In 1982, Dennis made Oklahoma his new home, where he, alongside his beloved partner Lisa, became the proud owners and operators of D&L Donuts in Chickasha, OK. His commitment to his community and his work was unwavering.

A devout member of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dennis exuded an inspirational spirit that left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know him. His zest for life knew no boundaries, and he approached each day with an infectious enthusiasm that persisted until the very end. Dennis often chuckled about his one and only regret - parting with his cherished Toyota Land Cruiser. His heart resonated with the lyrics of "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, and music, motorcycle rides, and family gatherings around his mother's table filled with homemade tacos were among his greatest joys. He delighted in sharing stories of his adventures and mischievous escapades with his brothers during their childhood.

Dennis embodied the essence of strength and resilience, never surrendering to the challenges of his long battle with MS. He became a guiding light for all who knew him, teaching us to discover the beauty in every circumstance and within every person. He loved unconditionally, a testament to the depth of his character. His absence leaves a void that will be felt deeply, but his memory will forever be cherished with profound love and admiration.

Services to celebrate Dennis's remarkable life will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at Schaudt’s Funeral Service, located at 5757 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations to the National MS Society, a cause close to Dennis's heart.

Arrangements are entrusted to Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service, 5757 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145. Family and friends are invited to leave kind words of comfort, share special memories, and offer condolences to the family online at

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Celebration of Life

Friday, December 29, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service Chapel

5757 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145

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