Gary Wayne Denton, 60, of St. Louis, Mo., born June 1, 1956, in Cairo, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at his home.
He was the owner and operator of Denton's Florist in Paducah, Ky., for many years; and had also designed for multiple floral shops through the years. He had also worked at Paducah Wooden Ware in Paducah, Ky., and was a dance instructor with the Ruth Johnson Dance Studio in Paducah, Ky. He was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis.
His 60 years of life was filled with much love and laughter with family and friends. He had a passion of dancing, designing and interior decorating, and always looked forward to decorating for the Christmas season. Gary was always joyful, providing and thinking of others, sharing of his family and friends, had a smile for everyone and everything, and loved sharing a story. His beam of light and the love and special times shared will always be remembered.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiliary H. Denton and Lula, nee Hutcherson, Heath.
Surviving are his loving partner, Jason Friederich of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Hiliary Dean Denton of Paducah, Ky.; a grandson, Christian Dean Denton; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherrie and John "Jay" McNall of Granite City, Ill.; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Karen Denton of West Paducah, Ky.; nieces and nephews, Kim and Joe Catalano, David and Laurie Denton, and Clint and Amanda Denton; many great-nieces, and great-nephews; many special loving family beyond blood; and other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation,
, or to the
, and may be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences at: www.irwinchapel.com.
Visitation: In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Funeral: A Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at the funeral home, with Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton officiating. Graveside services will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in New Blandville Cemetery, Blandville, Ky.
Glen Carbon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 26, 2016