DJ joined the United States Army serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He served two tours in Vietnam and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 DVC, two Overseas Bars, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Marksman (Rifle M-14) and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-16).
He came home and married the love of his life, Sue Anne Pieplow. DJ worked in sales for various companies from Sales Rep. to National Sales Manager. He later owned and operated Custom Construction Company in Kansas City, MO. DJ was dedicated to his family and friends. Always there to lend a helping and caring hand.
He served on the Kansas City Crime Commission Board of Directors from 2001 – 2006, wanting to make his community a better place to live. Helping to start and serve on “Save-A-Child” a project to protect children. He developed the Focus Liason Group and Veteran 4 Veteran, Volunteer Navigator Group, to help and serve his fellow veterans, at the Veterans Hospital in KCMO. He was a fan of the KC Chiefs and of course the Arkansas Razorbacks with a little golf thrown in.
DJ is survived by his wife, Sue, Daughter Heather, and four grandchildren, Dakota, Seth Christian and Cheyenne. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by both His parents, two brothers and one sister.
The family will receive friends at the Visitation on Sunday, September 28 from 5 – 7 pm at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.
A funeral service celebrating DJ’s life will be held on Monday, September 29, at 10:30am at the Chapel.
Graveside services and burial will be in at the GAR Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, Wednesday, October 1, at 2 pm. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.