Virgil W. "Butch" Denning

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Virgil Wade "Butch" Denning, 62, of New Windsor, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.

Born July 15, 1950, in Yuma, Ariz., he was the son of Jessie Tucker Denning, of Why, Ariz. and the late Virgil R. Denning. He was the husband of Julie Sullenger Denning, his wife of 38 years.

He was a 1969 graduate of Ajo High School and had attended the University of Arizona. He worked in the Denning Mining Company with his father and family. His family came to Maryland in 1986, where he was employed with the U.S. Department of Energy in Germantown for 27 years as a facilities operations specialist.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor, where he was also active with the Men's Monthly Prayer Group. He enjoyed gardening, making and sharing his homemade salsa, being outside and working with his hands, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to his mother and wife, are sons Jess Denning and wife Kristi, of Union Bridge, and Todd Denning and wife Jennifer, of Sebastian, Fla.; grandchildren Emily and Jacob Denning; sisters Anna Manuel, of Why, and Sarah Gore, of Enid, Okla.; brothers Vern Robert Denning, of Why, and Lloyd Denning, of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews across the country.

He was predeceased by a brother, Jess Oliver Denning.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of memorial service, 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St., New Windsor, with Larry Thompson, of St. Paul's UMC officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004; or Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

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Hartzler Funeral Home
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Union Bridge, MD 21791
(410) 775-7200
Published in Carroll County Times on June 27, 2013
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