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Herbert Hugh "Herb" Denny was born at the old Providence Hospital on September 27, 1925 and passed away July 14, 2013 at Providence Hospital. His parents were Bert Denny, a skilled ornamental plasterer from Liverpool, England and mother,, Anna Cook, a college teacher at Valley City State Teachers College, Valley City, ND. His mother died in 1934, leaving two young children to be raised by his father who died in 1966.
Herbert Hugh "Herb" Denny
Herb graduated from Everett High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Army. He was sent to the Army Specialized Training Program at Stanford but forwarded to the 86th Blackhawks Infantry Division after The Battle of the Bulge in 1945.
After V-E Day his division was sent on to the Philippines as the first Army division to prepare for the invasion of Japan. He has been an active member of the 86th Infantry Division "Black Hawk " Association and enjoyed many reunions and trips as well as maintaining an active friendship with old Army buddies from the 86th. He also maintained a lifetime membership in the American Legion.
In 1946, he returned to study at Gonzaga University in Spokane, completing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and later receiving a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Valley City State University. He moved his family to Everett and began his career in social work from 1956 to 1986, where he served the people of Snohomish County as the Director of Catholic Children's Services for the Arch diocese of Seattle. Snohomish County. His primary areas of care were with foster children and adoption.
He later worked for Catholic Community Services in Southeast Alaska, serving the rural community in programs for the elderly. While there, Herb earned a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast
During his busy years in Everett he was active in The Mountaineers and Everett Mountain Rescue. He climbed all the major peaks in The Northwest and participated in numerous rescues as far away as British Columbia and Oregon.
Herb was also involved in various boating interests. He was one of the early founders of the Everett Rowing Association. He kayaked over the Puget sound area as well as sailing and repairing an old wooden sailboat. In Alaska he kayaked extensively in Southeast Alaska and canoed The Yukon and Teslin Rivers in Canada. He built a kayak and a rowing shell while living in Alaska. Herb and his sister Pat had many travels and adventures over many parts of the globe to include trekking in Nepal or visits in the Soviet Far East..
From 1992 to 1994 in his mid sixties, he served in the US. Peace Corps as a municipal government advisor in Poland. During that time he visited Turkestan and had made trips to Siberia, Tibet, New Zealand and numerous trips to the British Isles and Europe. Herb has maintained close contact with those Peace Corps colleagues over the years. Among his many talents was that of an artist. In addition to formal pieces of work, he always had a cartoon for a family occasion and he illustrated things in his work to include a logo for Juneau Catholic Community Service, a cookbook for seniors and various outlets during his Polish Peace Corps experience.
His main love, however, was his family. He met Dolores Kane, who died in 1992, as a fencing team member at Gonzaga University. They had three children: Hugh, Christopher and Anne. Hugh attended West Point and spent a career in the military, now working in a civilian capacity in Germany. He and his wife, Kathy have four children: Bridget also living in Germany,
Michael, who with his wife Jesse are currently living at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, where he is in helicopter pilot training. They have one child (Herb's first great grandchild), Hannah born in 2012. Hugh and Kathy adopted two little girls from China; Jenna now 10 and Kristin 8. Herb's son Chris died in 2004 while living in San Francisco and working for the San Francisco Opera. Anne Yeldell lives in Stanwood, WA and has two daughters: Melissa and Sara who recently became the mother of four month old Mackenzie.
Herb also leaves a sister, Pat, who has been a live in companion in recent years. Forging close bonds since their mother died during the depression, Pat and Herb were kindred spirits who savored life, traveled widely and enjoyed their many diverse friends and family.
Herb has been a deeply spiritual Catholic all his life, a long time member of Immaculate Conception Parish and a worker for the Dioceses of Seattle and Juneau. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul. Just a month before his last illness he spent three weeks in a cabin on an island near Juneau and journeyed there by car and ferry.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at Evergreen cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or a memorial, we suggest you devise some special treat for your family in honor of Herb.
Solie Funeral Home and Crematory
3301 Colby Ave. Everett, WA 98201
Published in The Herald (Everett) from July 19 to July 20, 2013