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William Gorman Denney Jr.

July 7, 1941 ~ January 6, 2022 (age 80)

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William "Bill" Gorman Denney Jr died January 6, 2022, in Mercy Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born in Seymour, Missouri, on July 7, 1941, to William Sr. and Ruth (Alexander) Denney. He was the oldest of five boys. The family moved to Pueblo, Colorado, when Bill was in his early teens. Bill became active in the ROTC program and later joined the Navy. Bill worked at the CF&I, Colorado State Hospital, and construction in Pueblo. After moving to Macomb, Oklahoma, in 1979, he continued his education and completed a Masters of Social Work from East Central University. He was active in many youth activities and served as the Pottawatomie County Swine Superintendent for many years. Bill was also an active supporter of Macomb Public Schools, where he served as a school board member for many years.


Bill's hobbies included making custom jewelry, painting pastels, and playing with his model trains during the holidays. He was an accomplished artist who loved working with pastels and worked in watercolor, acrylic, and oil (not his favorite). He had been collecting natural turquoise since a child and could tell you where the rock or cut stone came from by just looking at it. He inspired his grandson to have a passion for rock collecting. Bill became an accomplished jewelry maker cutting rock to create stones for jewelry, working in both silver and gold. He was naturally talented and learned to weave baskets, sculpt, and throw pottery.


Bill was a loving and caring father, brother, son, grandfather, and husband. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Cheryl Denney, of the home, his four children, daughter Marcinda Elmore, and husband Thurman Jr. of Shawnee, Ok, son Robert Denney and his woman Joyce Williams of Macomb, Ok, daughter Malinda Ladd, and husband Randy of Dixon, Tn, and son Matthew Denney, grandchildren Matthew Jr, Tyler, Hannah, Dakoyta Denney of the home. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one son, Richard. Bill & Cheryl have 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren

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