67, suddenly, July 29, 2017. Beloved fiancee of Diane Langeneckert, Sunset Hills, Missouri and loving husband to the late Theresa M. (Vanlaarhoven) Maggard. Father of Rebecca (John) Seiler, Katlyn Maggard and Abigail Maggard, all of Virginia. Dearest grandfather to Arabela Seiler, Johann Seiler and precious Sophia Maggard-Bertrand. Dennis was the only child of of the late Garland Glenn Maggard and Betty Nigh Maggard, Alexandria, Virginia. Nephew of Willis and the late Elaine Nigh of Wichita, Kansas. Younger cousin to Max Nigh of Brevard, North Carolina. Older cousin of Carrie Nigh Fuchs of Wichita, Kansas and Mindy Nigh Jochems of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Very special cousin of Douglas Nigh of Kirkwood, Missouri and Beverly Walker of Ferguson, Missouri, both of whom offered Dennis love and compassion when sorely needed.
Dennis was the son of a military father and grew up around the world and the United States. After receiving a scholarship to and degree from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) he was finally able to plant roots in Boston. There he met and married his wife, raised his children and had a satisfying career as a software engineer. A keen genealogist, he researched and wrote about his Maggard ancestors in Letcher County, Kentucky, the Melungeons and anything Irish, especially Irish politics! He was the administrator of several Facebook groups, one of which
boasted over 17,000 members. Dennis was an intellectual, a gracious and respectful gentleman. His unexpected passing brought tears to many eyes. Happily, he is now in a place where he has perfect health, is reunited with those he had loved, plays golf and commiserates with his Irish hero, Michael Collins, with whom he shares ‘a wee dram’ of Jamesons. Go dti go gcasfar le cheile sinn aris!