Dennis Versch 1938-2021

Dennis Versch 1938-2021

Dennis Lee Versch of Olpe died on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Sunflower Care Homes in Emporia. He was 83.

Dennis was born on Feb. 1, 1938, in Herndon, the son of Paul and Agnes Schmitt Versch. He married Eddie Mae Olson on March 21, 1985, in Russell. She survives.

Surviving family members include: wife, Eddie Mae Versch of Olpe; daughters, Catherine Versch McKinley, Taos, N.M., Deidra (James) Morgan of Knob Noster, Mo., Lisa (Tad) Cady of Garden City and Amanda (Kenny) Simon of Osborne; a stepson, Jerry (Joan) Olson of Olpe; a brother, Francis Versch of Loveland, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Paul and Virgil Versch; and sisters Velma Hunter, Louise Penn, Shirley Haynes and Dorothy Hill.

Dennis was a teacher, principal and superintendent of high schools from 1962 to 1999. He joked that people who said he’d never get out of school were right, but he eventually left schools to retire by the lake where he could fish and boat at his leisure. 

Dennis was an avid outdoorsman all his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping and water skiing. He also had a “green thumb” and enjoyed planting and transplanting flowers, especially irises. 

Whenever possible, Dennis spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. 

Cremation is planned with a memorial service in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Holton High School Education Fund or Kansas Parks and Wildlife Kids Fishing Program, sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801. You can leave online condolences at


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