Dennis James Wyand
March 19, 1952-October 30, 2017
Dennis James Wyand peacefully left his loving family to be with our Lord in Heaven on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the age of 65. Our heavenly Father received an angel on Earth. He was born the third of four children on March 19, 1952 in Santa Paula, California to his caring and loving parents, Clement and Kathleen Wyand. From the moment he was born, Dennis was a child with many special needs and many special gifts he shared with all who were blessed to know him. From an early age he endured many surgeries and challenges, and his family was told that he would not live a long life. However, thankfully, many generations have been touched and many valuable lessons have been learned by the pure love of our Uncle Dennis.
In his early years, Dennis, his parents, and his siblings traveled the world while his father was in the Navy, living in locations as far as Guam. The family eventually settled in Hanford, and Dennis attended school. As a young adult, he became one of the six original Kings Rehabilitation Center clients. At the “workshop”, he enjoyed working and attending the dances.
Upon his “retirement ”, Dennis traveled by motorhome with his parents and nephews all throughout the United States and Canada, visiting family and ballparks along the way. In his later years, he continued to enjoy local car rides, while helping his father navigate the back roads. He loved music, especially Johnny Cash, and over the years developed an extensive collection of albums, eight track tapes, and CDs, as he along with his parents, combed garage sales. A visit to see Dennis often required bringing him a CD and listening to music with him. He was well mannered and was quick to thank us with “ta ta'”, his special way of saying thank you. We knew he had had enough of us, when we were told to “scoot”. Our “stinker” would send us on our way with quick kiss to his cheek.
Christmas and birthdays were a special time for Dennis. The family often had to hide his presents, as he could hardly wait to open them. He would tear through the gifts looking for new CDs or toys. Many special family memories and the sound of his laughter will be cherished in our hearts forever. Toodle Plunk Uncle Dennis, until we see you again.
Dennis is survived by his loving and faithful parents, Clem and Kathy Wyand, of Hanford. He is also survived by his sister and her husband Pat and Stanley Neves of Lemoore, his brother and his wife, Doug and Irene Wyand of Pismo Beach, and his little brother and his wife, Dan and Teresa Wyand of Redding, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families who have been blessed to have known and loved him.
Graveside services will be held Friday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m., at the Grangeville Cemetery.