Deryl Louis Denney


Deryl Denney loves the Lord and went to be with Him for all of eternity on Wednesday, March 8th. He is with God now, not because of the life he led or the actions he took; for he was imperfect, as we all are, and fell far short of God’s righteous standard, as we all do.

He is with the Lord because of his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Before a Holy God, Deryl Denney was forgiven, found not guilty, pardoned and even more: declared righteous and Justified for all of eternity all because he accepted Jesus Christ who stood in for him and lived the perfect life he couldn’t live and paid the (eternal) debt Deryl could never repay.

Deryl was born in Columbus on December 16, 1934. He was the son of Ruth and Louis Denney.

After Columbus High, Deryl graduated from Purdue University in 1956 (Aviation Administration) and later attained his master’s (M.B.A.) from Indiana University.

While serving as a Captain in the Air Force, Deryl navigated B-47s. In his business career, Deryl served as President, sales engineer, and sales director for three different firms in three different states before semi-retirement in the mid-90s.

He was active in Kiwanis and served as Lt. Governor from 2003-04. He also volunteered for Riley Hospital both in their library and for the Riley for Kids charity.Deryl was also involved in Gideons.

Deryl was active in his church, First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, and served for many years as treasurer.

Deryl was fond of road trips he took in his younger days. While at Purdue for spring break, he, along with fellow Phi Delts Mo Lorenz, Ed Fuller, and Neil A. Armstrong, drove down to Ft. Lauderdale.

After graduating from Purdue, he drove his brand new 1956 sky-blue Chevy Bel Air across the country to report for duty in the Air Force.

In 1964, he drove to New York City for the World’s Fair with his buddy Gene Wint and their wives.

He is survived by his sister Helen Hiebsch, formerly of Columbus, now of Bemidji, MN. His son, Chris Denney. Daughters, Beth Noblitt of Columbus, Cynthia (Brad) Baughman of Brown County, and Angela Denney of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Charlie, Julian, and Norman.

Deryl was an exceptional father. He will be missed.