CHETOPA — Donald Rex “Pop” Denney, 68, of rural Chetopa died at 3:23 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health
He was born Oct. 26, 1943, at Parsons to Donald Roscoe and Maybelle Grace (Stuart) Denney. He grew up in Parsons and attended Washington Grade School. He then attended the Labette County Community High School in Altamont, from which he graduated in 1961. Following high school, he entered the United States Navy where he served on active duty until 1963. He continued in the Navy Reserves until 1967. Following his time in the service, he returned to Parsons and worked for 35 years at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center as a licensed mental health technician. Following his retirement from the state hospital, he worked at the Labette County Medical Center for six years. He had continued working up until his death for his son in his concrete construction business, Denney Crete.
He had been a member of the former Friendship Southern Baptist Church in Parsons and had also served on the Kansas State Board of Nursing in the past. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.
He married Pearl Williams on Oct. 27, 1963, at Parsons. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include two sons, Donald F. Denney and his wife, Cynthia, of Olathe and David Denney and his wife, Sue Ann, of Chetopa; two grandsons; his mother, Maybelle Denney of Parsons; two sisters, Sally O’Banion of Parsons and Donna Curran and her husband, Mike, of Baldwin City.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Roscoe Denney; and a sister, Candace Jones; as well as his father, Donald Roscoe Denney; and his brother-in-law, Frank M. “Sonny” O’Banion, who died on March 22, 2012.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Southern Care Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.