William (Bill) Estly Denning

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:54 PM


ROY - Bill Denning passed away softly on Sept. 27, 2013 with his wife Della by his side and surrounded by family at the age of 94.

Bill was born in Crystal, Idaho on Mar. 21, 1919 to Floyd and Rissie (Bammy) Denning.

On Nov. 9th, 1944, he married Betty Duersch in New York City.

Their vows were solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in February 1945.

They were happily married for 58 years and were blessed with a delightful family. Betty died in February 2003.

In December 2003, he married the second love of his life, Della Sodenkamp.

They enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family.

He served in the US Navy, in Honolulu, Hawaii during WWII as a flight engineer and got a kick out of telling people he used a slide rule instead of a computer.

He was proud and honored to serve his country and talked about his experiences often.

His business partner, Deb Jensen, and he, owned and operated D&B Repair in Roy for 23 years.

He was still involved in auto restoration until December 2013 when he finished his last project at the age 93.

Many friends and family have benefited from Bills generosity and mechanical expertise.

He served as ward missionary, counselor in the Bishopric, high priest group leader, and high councilor.

He was a faithful home teacher and cared deeply about the families he visited.

Bill and Betty served a mission to Connecticut, Harford Mission under the direction of President Mark Angus.

They also served as ordinance workers in the Ogden Temple where they served as supervisors in the baptistery.

Bill and Betty sought opportunities to serve and loved it.

They were examples of love, service and giving to all.

Bill and Betty had eight children: Don Denning (Jacqui) of Layton, Doris Bingham (Dennis) of North Ogden (currently serving a mission in Tennessee), Gloria Johns (Bill) of Harrisville, Paul Roy Denning (died in infancy), Joy Lincoln (Howard) of Roy, Janet Bailey (Kim) of Layton, Connie Robbins (Steven) of West Haven, and Diane Read (Rich) of Roy.

He has 32 grandchildren, 85 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his parents, wife, son and one grandaughter, Brandy Bailey.

Special appreciation to Peach Tree Place Assisted Living Center and Hospice for Utah, for their care in Bills final days.

Funeral services will be held at the Lake View Ward in Roy, 4900 S. 2000 W. on Friday, Oct. 4th, at 11 am.

Friends and family may call at Myers Mortuary in Roy, 5865 S. 1900 W. on Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Friday, from 9:45- 10:45am.

Interment will be in the Roy Cemetery.

Send condolences to the family at: www.myers-mortuary.com

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