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Canton – Gerald C. Denney, 85, of Canton died at 6:03 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
He was born November 26, 1929, in Buckheart Township to Esta “Dollie” and Harriett (Wilcoxen) Denney. He married Dorothy Canevit on August 9, 1954, in Banner Township. She preceded him in death on May 31, 1989.
He is survived by two children, Scott (Tina) Denney of St. David and Leslie Denney of Canton; one brother, Morey (Marilyn) Denney of Canton; three grandchildren, Anthony (Danielle) Denney, Jason Denney, and Lauren Denney; and seven great-grandchildren, with the eighth due in March, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Virginia Creek and Dorothy McFadden.
Gerald was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country from 1951-53, during the Korean War. He lived to work and spent 60 years farming in Buckheart Township and was also the co-owner of Spoon River Speedway.
Gerald enjoyed spending time at the Speedway, shooting pool, and rooting on the Chicago Cubs. He was a member of the Illinois Farmer’s Union and the Maples Mill United Methodist Church.
Cremation rites have been accorded and per Gerald’s wishes, there will be no services. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association
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