Dennis Kabriel, 70, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019.
He was born on October 24, 1948 in Topeka, Kansas to Thelda Way and Millard & Rose Kabriel. He was raised in the Elmont area and attended elementary school there and graduated from Seaman High School, the class of 1966.
Dennis joined the Army in 1967 and was a Sargent in the 1st Infantry Division, Big Red One (BRO), he was honorably discharged in 1977 after 10 years of service. He was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans Association (V.V.A.), American Legion, VFW Post #400, Big Red One (BRO) and the Kansas Coyote 117th Air Refueling Squadron (117 ARS).
For 15 years Dennis was employed by Frito-Lay as an Extruder Operator, but as a jack-of-all-trades he had many other careers including working as a truck driver, welder and auto-mechanic (to name a few).
Dennis was an excellent guitar player and enjoyed sharing his music by performing at various venues, nursing homes and at the Elmont Opera for several years. He loved riding motorcycles and participating in benefits for many charities that he was involved with, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Toys for Tots and the Military Veteran Project with Melissa Jarboe. He was also a dedicated member of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), ABATE, and the Patriot Guard Riders.
Dennis will be remembered for going out of his way to make people laugh with his wonderful sense of humor, willingness to help anyone in need, and for doing a lot of good for a lot of people through his charity rides.
Dennis married Koren Garner in 1968, the two later divorced. On December 3, 2004, Dennis married Dianne Vandiver Olden in Topeka. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2017. Survivors include his daughters, Michelle Smull and Kimberlee Guitreau; son, Travis Olden; sisters, Donna (Bob) Roeser and Susie Kirkwood; brothers, Michael (Kelli) Janelle and Ken Janelle; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Barbara Michaels.
A visitation and memorial service will begin at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Parker-Price Funeral Home. Following the memorial service Dennis and Dianne’s ashes will be laid to rest together at Rochester Cemetery.
Please join the family after graveside services for a Celebration of Life at the VFW Post 400 from 12:30pm – 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dennis’ favorite charity, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children:
CASA of Shawnee County
Dennis Kabriel Memorial
501 SE Jefferson
Topeka, KS 66607