Robert Edward Denny (Bob) entered the Gates of Heaven on May 1, 2017 after a long struggle with cancer. He was a resident of Edmond, OK. He was 89 years old. He was born January 16, 1928 in Hanna, Oklahoma to Albert Erwin and Della Bell (Turpin) Denny.
He pursued and courted the love of his life – Anna Lue Standridge and married her May 1, 1948 in Van Buren, Arkansas. Their first date was to go hunting for rattlesnakes. Mom was 14!! Together they had four children. Charlotte Denny Fox of OKC, OK, Charlene Denny (& Cliff) Strong of Sachse, TX, Alan Denny of Palm Springs, CA, and Colleen Denny (& Keith) Seaman of Woodbridge, VA. They also shared 3 lovely granddaughters, Christen Nicole Seaman of Dayton, OH, Casey Anna Strong of Tacoma, WA, and Carey Denny Strong of Shawnee, OK.
Robert had 5 fabulous sisters to share growing up and life experiences. Their stories can still make us humble as well as laugh out loud. He was preceded in death by his parents, and baby brother Jacob, Nina Denny Montgomery (Bill), Wanda Denny Moland (Kenneth), and Florence Denny Gray (Bart.) He is survived by: Lorene Denny Hawkins (Bill-dec.) and Margaret Denny Stewart (Raymond).
Robert and Anna both graduated from Eufaula High School in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Dad is a veteran of the US Air Force from 1946-1949. He served as a drill sergeant in San Antonio, TX and worked in the air weather service in Greenland.
Dad attended University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma University in 1959 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
Dad surrendered his life to the Ministry of Jesus Christ in 1952 while a top a telephone pole. He climbed down, took off his tool belt, and told his supervisor he was leaving this job to follow Christ in ministry. He never looked back. He pastored churches in Ada, Prague, Porter, Minco and Elk City, OK from 1953-1978. He moved to Piedmont, SD to start a church and served there 4 years. He moved to Peculiar, MO in 1982 and retired from the full time ministry there in 1992. They moved to Edmond, OK and he did interim ministry in several churches. He served on multiple Baptist state and associational boards during his ministry.
Dad was also a pilot. He loved flying until his vision and wallet were too poor to continue…:) He enjoyed a good round of golf, sitting in a boat fishing or hunting. He supplied mom with rabbits, squirrels, and deer to feed his family. He also would drive a tractor and plow fields to supplement his income when raising his family. He and mom also loved to travel and see the beauties of God’s Creation. He converted 3 school buses to fully contained RVs and built a trailer from an axle to be able to take his family on some wonderful vacations to explore the United States. They also enjoyed several cruises that created some wonderful memories. They enjoyed their early evening walks.
Dad was also a reserved deputy sheriff for several counties in several states. He loved law enforcement and trained as a chaplain, to assist officers and their families with stress debriefing episodes. He attended the FBI training at Quantico, VA and counted that as a highlight of his life. On his return to Oklahoma, he worked briefly with the Midwest City PD and then joined the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy and chaplain. He loved his job and getting to assist officers as he could. He was proud to have been a participant in helping OKC with the bombing in 1995. He was working the jail that day and could not have been prouder of his city and state and fellow officers and first responders.
His funeral and celebration of life will be Friday, May 5, 2017 at his church, Quail Springs Baptist Church, OKC, OK at 10am. There will be a viewing for family and friends on Thursday, May 4 from 6-8pm at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, OK. Memorial donations may be made in his name to one of their favorites: Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, 16301 S. Western Ave, OKC, OK 73170
Special thanks to the wonderful staff of Owasso Baptist Village, Brookdale Senior Living and Centennial Hospice.