William J. Denton
April 14, 1928 - July 31, 2010
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325 East Franklin Street
Appleton, WI
920-734-2677 | Map
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Appleton, WI 54911
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Denton, William Joseph ‚ÄúBill‚Äù William J. Denton, age 82, of Appleton, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2010 with his family by his side. Bill was born April 15, 1928 in Bristol, Tennessee, the son of the late Willis and Wilma (Bowman) Denton. He was a 1945 graduate of Fullerton High School in Fullerton, Nebraska…

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Stephen Schrang left a message on August 6, 2010:
Probably my fondest memory of Bill is from when I was a boy of 10 living across the street. Bill decided that I should learn to golf and soon most evenings found me in his backyard, a few old clubs in a worn out bag, and Bill standing over me teaching me the art of the chip, a smooth swing and the sweet-spot of the club. Before long we were going on regular trips to Bridgewood, where he taught me the etiquette, the subtleties and a true love of the game. Bill really loved golf, but more… he really loved life! Years later, while teaching my sons to play, the phrase “…this is how Bill taught me to….” was just a regular part of the lesson. I can’t tell you how many times I watched my boys line up a putt or dry stroke that signature ‘Denton Chip’ before coaxing the ball into the cup, and thought back to Bill and that big smile on his face as he watched from the apron. Bill taught me a lot more than golf; Bill taught me how to live! It was his gift. Thank you Bill!
Paul Steinberg left a message on August 5, 2010:
These are comments by a fraternity brother of Bill Denton at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska: "Denton & Steinberg--Doane September, 1945. I had a red knit tie that became community property between the two . Spook (a nickname of Bill then) loved it. Bill Denton brought me into Signa Phi Theta, after that there many, many hours of good relationship. Over 50 years, he was a friend. Bill has gone to another level now, but I know he is watching out for me as it has been since 1945. May God bless and take good care of my best friend."
Bill & Pat O'Mara left a message on August 4, 2010:
Although we knew this moment was coming, it was unwelcome. We're grateful that God granted us those few days in May for a final farewell to our lifelong friend. Our condolences to you Barb and to your entire family. We feel your loss deeply. Bill and Pat
Cindy Becker left a message on August 3, 2010:
Dear Barbara Joann and family, We are so sorry to hear we've lost our dear friend and cottage neighbor. We are vacationing in Hilton Head and enjoyed a round of golf today. Tonight we will raise a glass, (not his beloved scotch, but something)to our dear friend. We are sorry we won't be back before the service (we return on Aug. 8th evening)so we could hug you all. We'll take care of that when we return. The Griedls and Binders, the friends you know, Barb,from 4th of July parties are also thinking of you. Love, Cindy and Bob Becker
Leslie Pilhofer O'Leary left a message on August 3, 2010:
Some people have the ability to leave such a positive imprint on others that we can't help but smile when we think of them. Bill was one of those people for me, his kindness and spirit left a lasting imprint on my heart. I haven't spent time with the Dentons' in probably 25 years, but the smiles, laughter and fun times shared come flooding back so very quickly. Bill's endless kindness and laughs were a gift to those that had the opportunity to share in them. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Barb, Amy, Paige and family. Leslie Pilhofer O'Leary
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Dr. William D. Schmidt, Ph.D. left a message on August 3, 2010:
I attended Doane College in Nebraska with Bill in the early 1950s. We belonged to the same fraternity. Bill returned from the war in Korea and us younger guys looked up to him as he was more mature and a whole lot wiser. Just being around him helped us develop as young men. After Doane, we kept in touch and from 2000 through 2008, our fraternity had a reunion every four years. This was great as we got to renew our friendship with Bill. In about 2004, Bill, my wife Melva, and I attended a NU football game together in Lincoln. After the game, we met other Doane friends at a Lincoln watering hole and we later dropped Bill off at his sister's house in SE Lincoln. Melva and I extend our condolences to Barbara and the Denton family. Your Bill was a remarkable individual and I am confident that your family and our fraternity and its members were better because of him.
John Harker left a message on August 2, 2010:
My sincere condolences on your loss. I have fond memories of all of you and of course Bill and the good times on Chatham Ct. God bless your family and you'll be in our prayers.
Gretchen Treadway left a message on August 2, 2010:
Deares Barb and family - I send my love to you all. You know I am thinking of you and wanting to be with you on Sat., but I will see you later in the month. We all have such wonderful memories. Gretchen
Don & Carol Jochman left a message on August 2, 2010:
Dear Barb and Family, We are so very sorry to hear that Bill died. He was a very kind man and will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy. Don & Carol Jochman
Ron & Sue Ernst left a message on August 2, 2010:
Barb--We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a good friend! We remember are times together in MacDowell fondly! We especially remember how kind Bill was in bringing your father, Olaf, to rehearsal. It was great to sing w/ both of them at the same time! Peace! Ron & Sue
Walter Potaczek left a message on August 1, 2010:
Sorry for your loss, we will keep you in our prayers. Wally Potaczek
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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