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Frank Deninger

PONTIAC-Frank Deninger, 81, Pontiac, died at 9:37 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, in OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

He was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Frank Deninger Sr., and Christine Buschmann (Schuller) Deninger. He married Eunice Schwendener June 5, 1948, in Chicago. She survives in Pontiac.

He is also survived by two sons, Frank Harry Deninger, Aurora, and Jonathan Edwards Deninger, Geneva; one daughter, Pamela Sue (David) Melvin, Sugar Grove; one granddaughter, Brenna Michelle (Kevin Brown) Melvin, Seattle, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Sue Sanders.

Frank had been past chairman of the PROUD organization, Rotary Club past president, past member of the Livingston County Board, active in the Pontiac Promise Keepers Menís Group, and active in the Pontiac First United Methodist Church.

He had served in the ministry for 45 years, and as a pastor 41 years. Thirteen of those he served in Special Appointment in long-term care. He was pastor of the United Methodist Church in Abingdon from 1968 until 1975.

Frank went to school in Arnold Elementary in Chicago; Lane Tech High School; Fort Wayne Bible Institute, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee. He did his graduate work at Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston, 1961, M. Div. degree; Northwestern University, Evanston, 1964, M.A. degree; and University of Dubuque, Iowa, 1976, D. Min. degree.

He was a licensed pilot for 25 years; loved woodworking and carving; was an avid reader; and enjoyed traveling, domestic and foreign.

Services were held Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac, with Pastor Philip Icenogle officiating.

Burial was in Southside Cemetery in Pontiac.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac.

Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac, was in charge of arrangements.

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