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Dennis Paswaters September 18, 1956 - November 9, 2021

Dennis Lynn Paswaters, age 65 of Ozark, Missouri passed away peacefully, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 in Cox South Hospital with complications from leukemia chemo treatments. He was born September 18, 1956 in Lincoln, Nebraska the son of Curtis L. and Alberta (Butts) Martyn.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father Curtis L. Paswaters, paternal grandparents Gilbert and Evadna Paswaters, maternal grandparents Melvin and Hazel Butts. Dennis is survived by his mother Alberta Marie Martyn and husband James Rodney Martyn; his only son Daniel Rodney Paswaters; brother Jerry Lee Paswaters; grandchildren Dylan Paswaters and Madison Sky Paswaters.

Dennis was a music lover and musician from a very early age and learned from his father who was a talented steel guitar player in the Lincoln/Omaha Nebraska area. Dennis was age 9 when his family relocated to the Springfield, Missouri area, where he took guitar lessons and developed a good ear and learned music on his own. He had a natural talent for the instrument and progressed very quickly. Dennis soon began playing in dance bands primarily in the Springfield area since the 1970’s. Some of the local bands included Danger Zone, Saddletramp, Loose Change, Pat Pending, Checkered Past and Big Rumor. Musicians respected Dennis and his enormous music talent. He also enjoyed electronics, wiring amplifiers, guitars and reading schematics, a talent he shared with his father, Curtis. Dennis repaired amplifiers for Alexander Cramer of Doc’s music in the 1990’s as well as working as a guitar tech and instrument repairman at Music City of Springfield. Beyond these talents, Dennis worked as an auto body repairman and painter. He was always talented with his hands and had an eye for details. People that knew Dennis, generally said he was a great guy with an odd sense of humor but also made many people laugh. But basically, Dennis will be sadly missed but remembered as an awesome guitar player.

Graveside funeral services for Dennis will be 2:30 P.M. Saturday, November 13, 2021 in Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, Missouri. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.



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    Sam L Hammock says

    R.I.P my fellow musician..

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    Michelle Creson says

    I haven’t seen you in a long time but you will be missed. You were a talent. You fought a brave fight.
    I wish God’s answer would have been yes. Prayers for your family and friends. May you rest in peace. You are home.

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    Monique Ransom says

    Dennis was our neighbor when we lived over on 14th Avenue. So many summer & fall evenings he would open the windows to his house, and start playing his guitar. It was amazing! The husband and I would grab a beer, and go sit outside and just listen to him play and it was amazing. I had a few rough days after work, and coming home and hearing that guitar was exactly what I needed. Dennis was such a nice and down to earth guy. He’ll be missed!

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    Tracy Cramer says

    My dad was Alex Cramer of Doc’s Music. We spent many an afternoon laughing with Dennis. I’m so sorry that he’s gone. RIP Dennis

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