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Donald “Donnie” Denker, 75, of Tonica, IL, formerly of Dwight, passed away surrounded by his family on June 17, 2019 at OSF Medical Center in Peoria.
Per his wishes, Donnie will be cremated and honored in a celebration of life at 6:00 PM Friday, June 21 at the Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica with Rev. Joel Stevenor, pastor of Waltham Presbyterian Church, officiating. A visitation will immediately precede the memorial service from 3:00 PM until time of services.
Donnie was a great father, husband, brother, uncle and son. Family meant everything to Donnie and he loved to hunt and fish with his family and friends. Nothing excited Donnie more than to prepare for a trip to hunt waterfowl or go fishing across North America.
Donnie will be missed by many as he took an active interest in thousands of people. Donnie’s brand was to connect with people and was known for asking great questions about themselves – he cared to know everyone he came into contact with. Donnie never met a stranger.
The son of Clifford and Esther (Roeder) Denker, Donnie was born September 20, 1943. He graduated from Chenoa (IL) High School in 1961 and spent most of his working years as a plant manager for Coils Inc. in Dwight and other Midwest locations. He attended Waltham Presbyterian Church. Donnie was married to Joyce (Cerny) for nearly 33 years she survives as do son, John (Kelli Mayes-Denker); granddaughter Grace; sister, Mary Ann and brother, Alan.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, daughter, Jennifer; and brothers, David and John.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Ronald McDonald House.