In memory of
John Daniel Denk
In memory of
John Daniel Denk
Denk, John Daniel 1/13/1939 - 9/9/2020 Grand Rapid John Daniel Denk was born January 13, 1939, to John Denk and Elfrieda (Rathunde) Denk in Chicago, Illinois. He passed from this life at age 81 on September 9, 2020. He was married to Opal (Heath) Denk for almost 52 years. He was preceded in death by son Jeremy, and is survived by wife Opal, brother Daniel, sons Simeon and Gabriel (and wife Teresa), and four grandchildren. John attended Lloyd Elementary School and Lane Tech High School in Chicago. He graduated from Chicago Teachers' College and taught elementary school for a short time. He was active in several sports, including baseball and football. He was a lifelong Cubs fan, always tracking the team stats, trades, and strategies. Growing up, he went to Cubs games with his family on Thursdays-Ladies' day (ladies got in free). His father would join them after work when admission was free after the fifth inning. John was an avid movie fan with an amazing memory for actors, directors, and producers of films, especially the classics. He had a vast collection of films in his library. He also had a lifelong love of books-history, philosophy and especially mysteries, including all of the Agatha Christie mysteries. He read many books aloud to Opal. John maintained a playful posture toward life, often participating in games with children and turning common questions into a contest or guessing game. He loved word games and card games. His all-time favorite was "Oh Heck." He had an excellent ear for music. He enjoyed singing and playing his four-string guitar until suffering hearing loss. Over the years, John worked at many clerical jobs requiring creativity, careful record keeping, and research. Handy with hammer and saw, he participated in remodeling their home and made many repairs. It was his delight to build sets at Master Arts Theatre, knowing it makes a huge difference to amateur actors. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, especially his wife to whom he became ever more affectionate and thoughtful.
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In memory of
John Daniel Denk
Denk, John Daniel 1/13/1939 - 9/9/2020 Grand Rapid John Daniel Denk was born January 13, 1939, to John Denk and Elfrieda (Rathunde) Denk in Chicago, Illinois. He passed from this life at age 81 on September 9, 2020. He was married to Opal (Heath) Denk for almost 52 years. He was preceded in death by son Jeremy, and is survived by wife Opal, brother Daniel, sons Simeon and Gabriel (and wife Teresa), and four grandchildren. John attended Lloyd Elementary School and Lane Tech High School in Chicago. He graduated from Chicago Teachers' College and taught elementary school for a short time. He was active in several sports, including baseball and football. He was a lifelong Cubs fan, always tracking the team stats, trades, and strategies. Growing up, he went to Cubs games with his family on Thursdays-Ladies' day (ladies got in free). His father would join them after work when admission was free after the fifth inning. John was an avid movie fan with an amazing memory for actors, directors, and producers of films, especially the classics. He had a vast collection of films in his library. He also had a lifelong love of books-history, philosophy and especially mysteries, including all of the Agatha Christie mysteries. He read many books aloud to Opal. John maintained a playful posture toward life, often participating in games with children and turning common questions into a contest or guessing game. He loved word games and card games. His all-time favorite was "Oh Heck." He had an excellent ear for music. He enjoyed singing and playing his four-string guitar until suffering hearing loss. Over the years, John worked at many clerical jobs requiring creativity, careful record keeping, and research. Handy with hammer and saw, he participated in remodeling their home and made many repairs. It was his delight to build sets at Master Arts Theatre, knowing it makes a huge difference to amateur actors. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, especially his wife to whom he became ever more affectionate and thoughtful.
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