The Ottumwa Courier


December 23, 2013

Richard Denny

SIGOURNEY — Richard Ward Denny, 73, died Dec. 21, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

He was born March 27, 1940, in rural Sigourney to Charles Marshall and Wilda Rae Johnson Denny. Richard attended country school and graduated from Sigourney High School in 1957. On Jan. 1, 1961, he married Delores Van Fleet at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Sigourney.

He lived and farmed in Keokuk County for 52 years, starting at the age of 14. Richard served three terms on the Keokuk County Board of Supervisors and served on the Sheriff’s posse. Later, he drove semis for Gary Junkins and school buses for Sigourney Community Schools. Richard could be found being the back-up employee at the Delta Grocery Store. He was a member of the Delta Methodist Church and Delta Ruritans and served on the Delta Town and Country board. He enjoyed riding his Can-Am Spyder with his motorcycle group. Richard found great joy being Santa Claus for many children in Keokuk County.

He survived by his sons, Barry (Trudy) Denny of West Burlington and Chuck Denny of La Mesa, Calif.; fiancé, Dixie Shipley of Delta; and a sister, Beverly Heisdorffer of Delta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores on June 15, 2005; and son, Mark Denny.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Delta Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Garrett Cemetery, Delta.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Holm Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Delta Methodist Church or Delta Town and Country Center.

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