Barbara Dennis

  • Born: February 10, 1939
  • Died: November 4, 2020
  • Location: Pleasant Hill, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Jane Dennis, 81, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, was reunited with her husband of 41 years, Roland Alfred Dennis, on November 4, 2020.

Barbara was born February 10, 1939 to Rosetta Violet and Walter Irving Armstrong in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barbara attended and graduated from Des Moines East then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as well as the Iowa Army National Guard.

Barbara was most proud of her career as a Police Officer (Badge 252) with the Des Moines Police Department. Barbara was the first female to attend the Des Moines Police Academy. Barbara first served as a Matron before becoming a Uniformed Officer, Senior Police Officer, and finally Plain Clothes Detective. She retired in 1991 after 23 years of service. When Barbara wasn't working she loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Judy (Doug) Keller, and Carla (Dwayne) Heckman; grandchildren, Nicolas (Heather) Belieu, Stephanie Belieu, Abigail (Holly) Keller, and Matt (Bobbie) Dennis; great-grandchildren, Ashtin (Kaylea) Underwood, Stella Belieu, Jameson Belieu, and Dawson Keller; great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Underwood; uncle, Frank (Donna Marie) Armstrong; and Barbara's best friend in the whole world and sister-in-blue, Sandy Parisho.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Dennis; and her parents.

Per her wishes, no memorial service is planned. Barbara and Roland's ashes will be scattered together on Lake Superior at Grand Marais, Minnesota in the spring. Grand Marais was a vacation spot they deeply loved and visited many times.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Mom I miss you more every day. I still see you in your chair. Or waiting for me. To come and unhook you from dialysis and yelling yooooh, yoooooh.
You were so funny. Tell Dad I love him.

Posted by Judy Keller - Pleasant Hill, IA - Daughter   November 11, 2020

Sorry to hear this, Barbars was a friend and an Avon customer of mine for years, Thoughts and prayers with her family

Posted by Edna Hamlin - Ankeny, IA - Friend   November 11, 2020

I knew Barb from working with her while she was with The DMPD. She always went out of her way to speak to coworkers -whether she worked directly with them or not. She was very decent to those around here. She had a great sense of humor too, that went well with the job.

My sympathy is extended to her family.

Dave Brown
(retired Sergeant DMPD)SVIvx

Posted by Dave Brown - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   November 09, 2020