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Donald Denkinger

January 17, 2019 GMT

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Donald G. “Don” Denkinger, 81, Norfolk, will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

Visitation with family will begin an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

He died Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.


Donald George was born April 24, 1937, to his parents, Frederick and Lydia (Rehwrinkel) Denkinger in Wayne. He graduated from Wayne High School and attended Wayne State College for three years.

In 1954, Don married Darlene J. Kelley in Wayne. The couple was blessed with three children: Debra, Dan and Denise. Don and Darlene were married for 14 years.

On Aug. 7, 1969, Don married Judy Schroeder in Yankton.

He worked as a delivery driver for Clark Brothers in Norfolk. His job gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the Midwest. He retired in 2001. Immediately following retirement, Don and Judy enjoyed traveling in Alaska for the entire summer. Additionally, Don and Judy were work campers and enjoyed employment in Colorado and Texas.

Don enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid sports and Huskers sports fan.

Don’s family is thankful for the excellent care he received from Faith Regional Health Services and Hospice.

He is survived his spouse of 49 years, Judy; his children Debra (Rodger Ridgway) Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo., Dan (Terri) Denkinger of Battle Creek and and Denise Denkinger of St. Paul, Minn.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Nelson of Lincoln; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Twister.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.homeforfuneralsinc.com.