OSKALOOSA — Don Denney, 92, of Oskaloosa passed away Wednesday evening, July 2, 2014, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.
Donald Eugene Denney, son of Nick and Elsie (Fry) Denney, was born May 22, 1922, in Drakesville. Throughout his childhood he attended school in Lime Springs, Rose Hill, Oskaloosa and Bloomfield. Don’s parents farmed and he grew up working for them on the family farm. When he was still a young man, Don decided to leave the farm and become a mechanic. His first job was at the Rose Hill Garage and he later worked at Century Motors in Sigourney and Schultz Motors in Oskaloosa. He was eventually hired by the Oskaloosa Community School District where he maintained the fleet of school buses. He retired in 1983 after serving the district 36 years.
Don married the love-of-his-life, Dorothy Ione Shipley, June 5, 1943, in Lancaster, Mo. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Oskaloosa and enjoyed gardening.
His family includes his wife, Dorothy of 71 years; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews including a special niece, Margie (Arthur) Millikin, of Hedrick, and a brother-in-law, Loren Schwartz, also of Hedrick.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation was held for Don at 1 p.m., Sunday afternoon, July 6, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; the family was at the funeral chapel from 3-4:30 to greet visitors. As was his wish, his body will be cremated following the visitation and burial will be held privately. Please access the funeral chapel from North Market Street and East Glendale Road due to road construction on North Third Street. Memorial contributions may be made to MHP Hospice Services. Memories and Condolences may left for the family by visiting gvlfuneralchapel.com.