Dennis Ray Rhoten

09/27/1956 — 06/26/2024

From Richland, WA | Born in Richland, WA

Funeral Service

Starts:
Wed, July 3, 2024, 11:30 am
Location:
LDS Thayer Chapel

1720 Thayer Dr.

Richland, WA US 

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Graveside Service

Starts:
Wed, July 3, 2024, 1:00 pm
Location:
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352
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Dennis Ray Rhoten

Dennis Ray Rhoten, born on September 27, 1956, in Richland, WA, passed away on June 26, 2024, in his hometown. He leaves behind a legacy as a dedicated family man, a respected construction superintendent, and an active member of his community.

Dennis was deeply committed to his career in construction, where he played a pivotal role in building hotels, churches, assisted living, and memory care communities across the nation. His work not only showcased his craftsmanship but also his dedication to creating spaces that enriched communities. He had recently retired, leaving behind a trail of significant structures that stand as a testament to his skill and hard work.

A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dennis was active in his faith community. His religious commitment was also expressed through a two-year mission in Missouri in his early adulthood, reflecting his dedication to service.

Beyond his family and career, Dennis was passionate about fishing, a hobby he cherished from his childhood days fishing with his father. He was also an enthusiastic fan of the Seattle Seahawks and the Mariners, following their games with zeal.

Dennis was a devoted husband to Lou Ann Rhoten and a loving father to Rachel (Vaughan) Schow and Austin (Asheli) Rhoten. His joy was multiplied as a grandfather to seven grandchildren: London, Bexton, Brielle, Luca, Jackson, Raelynn, and Maisyn. His family was the center of his world, and he cherished every moment spent with them, particularly as a beloved Papa.

He also leaves behind a large family of siblings who will miss him dearly: Lonna Nelson, Kerry (Gaylene) Rhoten, Kent (Connie) Rhoten, Darrell (Kim) Rhoten, Randall (Kathryn) Rhoten, Lynette (John) Rowley, Ryan (Holly) Rhoten, and Lueana (Alan) Bowers. Dennis was preceded in death by his loving parents.

Dennis’s life was marked by his strong character, dedication to his loved ones, and contributions to his community. He will be remembered for his generous spirit, his enduring faith, and his loving heart. He will be profoundly missed by those who knew and loved him. His legacy endures in the structures he built, the faith he practiced, and the loving family he nurtured.

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  • To The entire Rhoten family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Lonnie and Joyce raised great men and women and we love and appreciate you all. May the Lord bless you as you mourn his loss. Les and Sherrie Brown

    Sherrie and Les Brown
    July 3, 2024
    Saratoga Springs, UT
  • Lou Ann,
    Prayers of strength, peace and comfort for you and all Dennis’ family and friends.

    Joann Champion
    July 3, 2024
    Austin, TX
  • When we first moved to Richland in 1974 I served as YM President. Dennis was one of my kids. He has always been a friend and kind and courteous to me. I express my love for the large and extended Rhoten family and offer my condolences to you .

    Keith Christensen
    July 3, 2024
    Richland Washington
  • Dennis was always so good to our family. He would come anytime we needed help with handy work, and was cheerful and positive to be around! He will be missed! Sending hugs to LouAnn.

    Darlyn & Ben Remington
    July 3, 2024
    Dallas TX
  • Dennis was a great man and always will be through the eternities. I will miss him until we meet again. His loving wife was an example of the life he longed to live and will be with her for the eternities as well. We will meet again under greater and more profound circumstances I’m sure.

    William J Poulos
    July 3, 2024
    Salida
  • So sorry for you loss. He was a good cousin and will be misses.

    Pam Bowling
    July 3, 2024
    Phillipsburg, Mo
  • The world has lost the presence of a wonderful man with great passion for life’s simple pleasures and a wonderful smile. Our heart felt condolences to the entire Rhoten family. We pray that the emptiness that comes with such times will quickly be replaced with fond memories and increased love for those he cherished..

    Calvin Manning
    July 3, 2024
    West Richland
  • For all the Rhotens, I’m so sorry for your loss. I played a lot of softball with and against Dennis. He hit with power and was always a key part of the team he played for. One constant was his smile. Whether he hit a home run or struck out, you could always count on a smile from Dennis. Later as his home teacher, along with my son, he and his family were always welcoming and, again, he always had that smile and cheerful attitude. The world needs more smiles.

    Van Pettey
    July 3, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • Dennis was a generous person and fun to spend time with. We will miss him but know we will see him again.
    Ben and Natalie Ogden

    Ben and Natalie Ogden
    July 2, 2024
    Idaho
  • I was so sorry to hear about Deenis’ passing. I grew up with Rhotens around, from Lonna being my first dance teacher, to high school with Randy (and Kathryn). I hope that you will all find the comfort and peace that the gospel brings.

    All our sympathies … Paula (Mulvey) and Alan Noakes, Kennewick, WA.

    Paula Noakes
    July 2, 2024
    Kennewick
  • Dennis created the beautiful and protective home my Mom now lives in and he created the safe space my Dad needed by offering love, brotherhood, and unwavering support. I relied on Dennis and Lou Ann’s friendship, laughter, and understanding so often. Thank you for sharing your wonderful husband and father with all of us. Praying for your peace now and always.

    Jen Speed
    July 2, 2024
    San Francisco, CA
  • We miss you, Dennis! Much love to Lou Ann and family.
    Lora and Greg Widman

    Lora
    July 2, 2024
    Greg Widman
  • Heart felt sympathy for the family in this time of loss.

    Kay & Barry Subbert
    July 2, 2024
    Rogers, AR
  • Lou Ann,
    Deepest condolences.
    If words could fix this, I would write them.
    My heart goes out to you with love & prayers.
    Stephanie Smith
    Austin, Tx

    Stephanie Smith
    July 2, 2024
    Austin, Tx
  • Dennis you will be missed by all who ever had the pleasure of meeting you.
    Lou Ann, Rachel & Austin we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
    Love you,

    Ange & Jen Loch
    July 2, 2024
    Rochester, NY
  • Dennis was my first home-teaching partner after we moved to Richland in 1993. He was always happy to visit and help others. We made a lot of enjoyable visits together. When not visiting others, we would visit with each other. He had a good sense of humor and exuded kindness. He will be missed.

    Jim Becker

    Eas Richland, WA
    July 2, 2024
    West Richland
  • To the Rhoten Family, We wish our condolences to you all on the loss of Dennis. I do not remember any of you except your Parents. I lived on the same street and delivered the Columbia Basin News to them back in the late 50s and early 60s. And now one of your nephews is one of our Dentist in Kennewick. This world is smaller then any of us ever know. May God Bless you all.
    Mike & Carol Tesky
    Kennewick

    Michael Tesky
    July 2, 2024
    Kennewick Wa.
  • Dennis..
    You will be missed by your family and friends. I am glad I was able to grow up with you in the Richland 2nd Ward. Love Lari Strikwerda Baum

    Lari Baum
    July 2, 2024
    Deer Park, WA
  • Dennis..you will truly be missed by your family and friends. I am glad I was able to grow up with you in Richland 2nd ward. Love Lari Strikwerda Baum

    Lari Baum
    July 2, 2024
    Deer Park, WA
  • We are so saddened by the death of our loving cousin Dennis sending you all our love, hugs & prayers we love you all
    Your cousins;
    Tom & Ann Jackson

    Ann Jackson
    July 2, 2024
    Buffalo mo
  • Dennis was one of the cousins from Richland, Washington. Every summer, They all arrived at the Christensen farm for a country vacation. WOW, did we have fun. Dennis was always smiling & having a great time. Special memories are in my heart ❤️. Love you much, Dennis.
    Your Cousin from Cache Valley, Dixie Christensen Hansen

    Dixie C. Hansen
    July 2, 2024
    Cache County Utah
  • My deepest sympathy to Lou Ann. and Dennis’s family! I know he will be missed! With love from the Lee family.

    Linda Hammond
    July 2, 2024
    McAlester, OK
  • Lou Ann, Rachel and Austin, my heart is with all of you and your family. Seven years ago Dennis and I met through Koelsch Communities in Modesto. He was my guide on the journey of building El Rio. I never could have been the leader without his being my mentor and constant supporter. He was invaluable to our team. He brightened all our days and the families that toured and encountered Dennis, were so grateful for the time he shared on all the amazing aspects that the building had in place for their loved one. He had that infectious smile and could turn around everyone’s mood.

    He loved his family to the moon and often shared with me about how excited he was to being seeing you all again on various trips and the times you spent together. He touched so many lives and I’m forever grateful that mine was one of them.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for making it possible to be with you at the service by live streaming. I wouldn’t miss it. Hugs to you all, especially you Lou.

    Mary Keaton
    July 2, 2024
    Modesto,CA
  • Brother Rhoten was such a kind man. He and his wife are deeply loved and missed by our congregation here in Modesto. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Especially to his wife, one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met.

    Jennifer Reed
    July 1, 2024
    Modesto, CA
  • Dennis was our awesome neighbor. He always had a laugh and a smile. He was so kind and always took that moment to talk with us about anything. He made us laugh . He brought so much sunshine to us . We miss him every day. He had a gift we can’t explain. Hugs and prayers Patty and duard

    Patty and duard morrell
    July 1, 2024
    Richland
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