Dennis Harmon
Griffith Cline Funeral Home
720 Manatee Ave. W.
Bradenton, FL
"Denny" Harmon, 77, of Bradenton, FL passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2017 with family by his side. He was born in Spurlington, KY and raised in Watseka, IL. Denny excelled in all H.S. sports and attended Lake Forest College and Southern Illinois Univ. on athletic scholarships. He held the record for the javelin for many years at SIU. Denny played in the Senior Bowl, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 8th round in '63, and was later picked up by the Denver Broncos. He invented a football blocking dummy for which he was granted a patent. He was a successful H.S. football, basketball & baseball coach and enjoyed a subsequent career in computer sales. Denny is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 38 yrs; sons Jeff (Stacey) & Tom (Amy); grandchildren Ava, Brendan, Emily, Ethan & June; sisters Joyce Bochat & Judy (Dick) Oakley; a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews & friends; and by Cruise, his beloved Jack Russell Terrier whose devotion & zest for fun brightened his days. He was preceded in death by his parents & his brother, Larry. Our thanks to the many old friends who called or visited Denny in recent years and to our friends at Rudy's Agape House who provided TLC during Denny's last months. Deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses, staff, volunteers & clergy of Tidewell Hospice for the incredible care, support and peace provided to Denny and his family during his final days. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11AM, Sat., Feb. 4th at Bayside Community Church, 15800 SR 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Rudy's Agape House, or Bayside Community Church. Condolences for the family may be given at

Published by Bradenton Herald on Jan. 29, 2017.
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Celebration of Life
Bayside Community Church,
15800 SR 64 East,, Bradenton,, FL
Funeral services provided by:
Griffith Cline Funeral Home
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My deepest condolences to Carolyn and the family. Denny was such a great guy. I will truly miss him.
Richard Nimz
June 20, 2017
Denny and his brother were two terrific guys and pals and I will always cherish their memories. Mike O' Neal, Pittsford NY
February 3, 2017
Denny and my brother John Sever (passed away in 2016) were classmates and friends. My family lived on 3rd St. in Watseka also. Deepest sympathy to Denny's family.
Ann Sever-Scherer
January 31, 2017
Denny and I were Watseka, Il high school football teammates and later roommates at Southern Illinois University. Two years older then I he became my mentor and friend. I owe many thanks to Denny for his leadership over the years.
Dick Rhoades
January 30, 2017
Carolyn, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your families. Laura Williamson Sims
January 30, 2017
Mr. Harmon was my high school football and baseball coach. He was an outstanding coach and role model. May he Rest In Peace. -Matt Chancey
Matt Chancey
January 28, 2017
Carolyn, so sorry to hear about Denny. Prayers that you will find comfort in your memories.
Cathy Hines-Boulton
January 27, 2017
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