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Richard E. Denno

February 1, 2018

Richard Denno’s life began on December 28, 1938, the son of Robert and Mary Denno.  Rich attended Newton schools and was the class treasurer for the Newton High School Class of 1957.  He married Pat Stauth in Dodge City on August 7, 1960 and they had two sons, Alan and Neal.  Rich graduated from Emporia State Teacher’s College in 1965 and began teaching and coaching at Isabel High School the following fall.  Later, at Fairfield High School, he taught social studies, coached basketball and was the USD 310 sports coordinator.  The majority of Rich’s professional career was in the banking, most recently as the vice-president at First Bank in Newton.

Following Neal’s death from cancer, Rich chose to rededicate his life to Christ and was baptized on his confession of faith on February 27, 2011.

Rich inspired young people in the community through his involvement with the 4H program and the Harvey County Fair and Extension Boards.  Many children have pictures with Rich in his role as “Santa’s helper” at the bank and in the schools.  Rich and Pat often served as a host family for Bethel College student athletes. He coached numerous boys’ basketball teams and was proud of the time he spent coaching his own sons and grandson.  Rich was involved with the Newton Chamber of Commerce, Respite Care Board,  National Association of Belt Buckle Collectors, Harvey County Habitat for Humanity and the Kansas Heart Association.

Survivors include his wife Pat; son Alan Denno and his wife Kerri, daughter-in-law, Denetta; grandchildren Jordan Orr, Aubrey Denno, Trey Denno, Cameron Denno, Kaven Denno, Chloe Denno; brother Keith and his wife Pam, and two nieces.  Richard was preceded in death by his parents and son, Neal Denno.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Rich’s life at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 11 at First Mennonite Church in Newton.  Cremation has taken place. Visitation with the family present will take place on Friday, February 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the family receiving friends  6:00-8:00 pm at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.   A memorial in Rich’s honor has been established for First Mennonite Church of Newton.


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10 thoughts on “Richard E. Denno

  1. So sorry to hear of Richard’s death. He was a very likeable guy and was fun to be around. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts a nd prayers are with you Pat, and your family.

  2. Alan,
    So sorry to hear of your dads passing! I pray great memories bring you some comfort at this time.
    Sincerest Condolences

  3. So sorry to hear about Richard. I enjoyed working with him at the bank. He will be greatly missed.

  4. So sorry for your loss. He was a good guy. Coached our son in baasketball. He will be greatly missed in the community. Our condolences to his wife and to the family.

  5. Hearrfelt Condolences from Texas. My heart is with you Pat, Alan, Denetta, and also with your entire family. I have many good memories of being at the Denno house as a young kid when I lived in Newton. Big hugs to all of you!

  6. Pat and family- sincere sympathy in this loss…to you and the community he so enjoyed. A life well lived.

  7. Sincere sympathy to you Pat and your family. Rich was a good fellow…and gave so much to his community and family. A life well lived.

  8. It’s been a long time since I was an ornery debater giving “Mr. Denno” trouble in class at Fairfield, but I got an instant smile remembering how much we liked him.

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