TOPEKA - Denton D. Watson, 84, of Topeka passed away at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Havana Health Care.
Born Feb. 17, 1928, in Salem, Mo., to Lonnie and Janie (Ferguson) Watson, he married Wanda Revelle on March 3, 1951, in Pekin. She died Aug. 29, 2008, in Hopedale.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; three grandsons, Landon Burget, Jeremy "Hoss" Watson and Kevin Dean Watson; one great-grandson, Wesley Burget; one sister, Lela Todd; and one brother, William L. Watson.
Surviving are five sons, Randy (Gail) Watson, Russell (Leslie) Watson and Michel Watson, all of Green Valley, Denton (Norma) Watson of Collins, Iowa, and Gary (Michelle) Watson of Manito; one daughter, Lisa (Todd) Bailey of Forest City; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Delola Terrell of Topeka, Lois Voyles of South Pekin and Shannon (Eddie) Pyatt of McAllen, Texas.
Denton had worked construction for 11 years out of Laborers Local 231 in Pekin. He retired as a fourth-generation logger.
He enjoyed hunting with his children and grandchildren.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. James Terrell will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Havana Health Care, 609 N. Harphman St., Havana, IL 62644, or the
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