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Larry Frederick Deneke, age 67, of Whitewater, Missouri, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born March 22, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Frederick C. and Meta L. Koch Deneke. He and Diana Behrle were married December 2, 1977 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville, Missouri.
Larry was a 1969 graduate of Jackson High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1971 and honorably served until 1973, during which time he served on the Park County LST 1077 tank landing ship and the USS Coral Sea CVA 43 air craft carrier. He worked many years at Cape Electrical Supply Co and Schott Electric in Cape Girardeau, retiring from Havco Wood Products in Cape Girardeau in 2016. Larry was a board member for Missouri Mutual Heritage Insurance Co in Gordonville; Zion United Methodist Cemetery Committee, and previously served as a 4-H Leader. Larry was a long-time farmer in the Gordonville area and an active member of Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville.
Loving survivors include his wife of 41 years, Diana Deneke; three sons, Nathan Deneke of Perryville, Josh (Jessica) Deneke and children, Gavin and Kendall Deneke, of Whitewater and Zachary (Ashley) Deneke and son, Kanen Deneke, of Jackson; a sister, Barbara (James) Reitzel of Whitewater; two sisters-in-law, Patty (the late Larry) Hunt of Canton, Georgia and Mary (David) McDowell of Crystal City, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Bobby Behrle of Perryville; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson and from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Zion United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Joel Kidwell officiating. Interment will follow in Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Gordonville, with full military honors.
The family suggests that contributions be made to Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Zion United Methodist Cemetery - Gordonville
3652 State Highway Z, Cape Girardeau MO 63701