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Dennis Franklin Hrzenak
  • December 28, 1943
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  • November 14, 2018

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Obituary

It is with great sorrow we announce that Dennis Franklin Hrzenak, 74, of Fort Myers, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Hope Hospice HealthPark, surrounded by family and friends. He was born on December 28, 1943, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Frank John Herzenak and Mildred Maxine (Masters) Herzenak. He attended Wyandotte High School, moved to South Florida in 1971, and eventually settled in the Fort Myers area in 1974. He was immensely proud of his contributions to Southwest Florida through his successful career as a commercial real estate mortgage broker involved in the development of some of the most prominent business and shopping centers in the area.

Dennis will be forever remembered for his uncanny ability to make friends everywhere he went, his passion for the latest and greatest technology gadgets, and his zest for adventure (deep sea fishing in the Bahamas, motorcycle riding, and exploring the Navajo Nation in New Mexico). And we will never forget his generosity to others, active participation in local charity events, and of course, his enduring support for certain local establishments where he often gathered with his closest friends (and bartenders/servers) – Louie’s at old the Ramada Inn (going way back), Hooter’s, Mona Lisa’s, The Outback, Hurricane’s, and of course, Famous Dave’s BBQ.  He was also a proud member of Moose Lodge #1899, and served as Governor in 2005.

Survivors include his son, Kevin Hrzenak and his daughters, Denise Lunsford, Danielle (Richard) Ryea, and Deborah Mutchler from his first marriage to Karen Ann Wehrer; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his mother, Mildred Herzenak and brother, Jim Herzenak, of Overland Park, Kansas; and sister, Lisa (Brian) Murphy of Olathe, Kansas.

He will be forever missed and never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of the following:

A Celebration of Dennis’ Life will be held at Famous Dave’s BBQ, 12148 South Cleveland Avenue on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.   A special thanks to the Staff at Famous Dave’s BBQ.  Please post/share your favorite memory with us below.


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  1. 14 Feb 2020
    Denise l Lunsford says:
    Happy Valentine's Day Dad!

  2. 30 Dec 2019
    Denise lit a candle:
    Lit since December 30, 2019 at 12:41:42 PM

  3. 15 Apr 2019
    Mildred Herzenak says:
    I will always love you. I miss you. You are forever in my heart. Your mom.

  4. 15 Apr 2019
    Jim Herzenak says:
    I love you and I miss you...your brother Jim.

  5. 15 Apr 2019
    Mildred Herzenak lit a candle:
    Lit since April 15, 2019 at 4:20:05 PM

  6. 15 Apr 2019
    Jim Herzenak says:
    I love you and miss you ... from your brother JIm.

  7. 15 Apr 2019
    Margaret Klingler says:
    I love you Dennis. From your Aunt Margaret...

  8. 20 Nov 2018
    Jessica Manning lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:12:58 PM

  9. 20 Nov 2018
    Patty Dunson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:55:50 PM

  10. 20 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:36:58 AM

  11. 20 Nov 2018
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    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:13:27 AM

  12. 20 Nov 2018
    Connie Jackson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:46:43 AM

  13. 20 Nov 2018
    Colleen Wilkerson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2018 at 11:32:47 AM

  14. 20 Nov 2018
    Colleen Wilkerson posted an image:
    So many memories, adventures, love and friendship.  You are so missed already xo
    So many memories, adventures, love and friendship. You are so missed already xo

  15. 19 Nov 2018
    Dave Richmond posted an image:
    Dennis-John-Richard-Dave
    Dennis-John-Richard-Dave

  16. 19 Nov 2018
    Dave Richmond says:
    There were four of us, Dennis, Richard Hallier, John Gunther and me, who met early in our lives and became lasting best friends. We pretty much hung out together though all of our school years, sharing the experiences of growing up in what were much simpler times. We knew each other as well as four friends could, laughed a lot, seldom cried, shared adventure, pulled stunts, and yet survived. After high school each of us left Kansas City but were able to stay in contact long before social media. I was fortunate to spend more quality time with Dennis and his beautiful family when we lived in Miami during the early ‘70’s. Afterwards we saw each other infrequently, the same being true for the others, and seldom did we find an opportunity that all four of us could be together. But when we did it proved the saying that you can grow older but not up. We lost Richard in 2010. Now it is up to John and I to keep those childhood memories alive. Dennis will live on as long as I have mine. I really cannot imagine a life without Dennis having been there. Dave Richmond.

  17. 19 Nov 2018
    Debbie Gropper ( Foxy) lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:38:02 PM

  18. 19 Nov 2018
    Debbie Gropper ( Foxy) says:
    Denise,
    I know you had good times with your Dad! Cherish the memories!

  19. 19 Nov 2018
    Douglas Speirn-Smith lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:06:14 AM

  20. 19 Nov 2018
    Nancy L Bieber lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2018 at 11:22:36 AM

  21. 18 Nov 2018
    Lisa Crowley lit a candle:
    Lit since November 18, 2018 at 11:27:20 PM

  22. 18 Nov 2018
    Danielle Ryea posted an image:
    Dad, miss you already!!
    Dad, miss you already!!

  23. 18 Nov 2018
    Amy McCormick says:
    He was an awesome person to work for, taught me so much! And it turned into a friendship that I cherished & valued, miss you Dennis!

  24. 18 Nov 2018
    Amy McCormick lit a candle:
    Lit since November 18, 2018 at 11:47:18 PM

  25. 17 Nov 2018
    Jim Giesecke lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:07:04 PM

  26. 17 Nov 2018
    Danielle Ryea posted an image:
    Hooter’s and Kansas City - two of Dennis’ favorite things!
    Hooter’s and Kansas City - two of Dennis’ favorite things!

  27. 17 Nov 2018
    lawrence Crowley lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:24:15 PM

  28. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch says:
    Denise, We offer our sincere condolences to you and your family at the passing of your father. Peace and love, Nancy and Jim

  29. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:04:53 PM

  30. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:03:41 PM

  31. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:03:00 PM

  32. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:02:20 PM

  33. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:01:59 PM

  34. 17 Nov 2018
    Nancy Maloney and Jim Titsch lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:01:21 PM

  35. 17 Nov 2018
    Nicole Martin lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:29:30 PM

  36. 17 Nov 2018
    Tim Cook says:
    My best friend and compatriot for over 30 years. My gosh, the times we had. I love you Dennis and will never forget you.

  37. 17 Nov 2018
    Christie Gibson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:11:32 PM

  38. 17 Nov 2018
    Kit & Gayla Charles lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:56:03 PM

  39. 17 Nov 2018
    Kit & Gayla Charles lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:53:08 PM

  40. 17 Nov 2018
    Shirleen Bailey Peden lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:52:34 PM

  41. 17 Nov 2018
    Pat Walkley lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:46:19 PM

  42. 17 Nov 2018
    Lisa Murphy posted an image:
    Dennis Hrzenak, 1990
    Dennis Hrzenak, 1990

  43. 17 Nov 2018
    Karen Wehrer Bieber lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:31:48 PM

  44. 17 Nov 2018
    Craig W. Moorhouse says:
    He was a great man, a great friend, he loved his kids, he loved his family and he loved his friends. He was one of a kind, you can't buy that and you can't ever replace that. I will miss him dearly along with so many other friends and family... You know he's messin with St. Peter as we speak!!

  45. 17 Nov 2018
    Craig W. Moorhouse lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:11:21 PM

  46. 17 Nov 2018
    Lisa Murphy lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:51:54 PM

  47. 17 Nov 2018
    Danielle Ryea says:
    Dad - Missing you so much already; all my love, Danielle

  48. 17 Nov 2018
    Danielle Ryea posted an image:
    April 2017
    April 2017

  49. 17 Nov 2018
    Danielle Ryea posted an image:
    April 2017
    April 2017

  50. 17 Nov 2018
    Patricia “Pat” Martin lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2018 at 11:38:08 AM

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