The Norman Transcript

July 30, 2013

Robert Wayne Denton

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Robert Wayne Denton, 78, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013. Robert was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Marshalltown, Iowa to Charles William and Verla Marie (Phelps) Denton.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and later became a beloved teacher, dedicating his life to his students and teaching career for more than 30 years.

Robert loved nature and was an avid bird-watcher and fisherman. He also enjoyed going to garage sales and auctions as well as cooking and watching cooking shows. Robert’s gregarious and fun-loving nature endeared him to all.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Douglas Denton; and daughter, Denise Denton.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Denton of Norman; children Todd Denton of Chatfield, Minn., Melanie Denton of Chatfield, Minn. and their mother and Adam Denton of Minneapolis and his mother; stepchildren Jeff Chrisope and wife Rachel Robinson of Seattle and Jennifer Drury and husband Michael of Manila, Philippines; granddaughters Andrea and Tess of Chatfield, Minn.; stepgrandchildren Mickey, Sarah, Sam and Katie of the Philippines; siblings Shirley, Richard and Jo Ann; and special friends Larry and Tana Smith and Bill and Joan George and their families.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 1801 W. Brooks St. in Norman.

Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Arrangements for Robert and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.

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Norman Transcript, Tuesday, July 30, 2013