Gerald Max Denton, 87, passed away at his home on the Denton homestead and was welcomed into the Heavenly Fathers arms on September 29, 2023.
Gerald was born on June 21, 1936 to Glenn E. Denton and Georgia (Hunter) in the house built by John W. & Rachel Denton that Ron and Kim Denton currently reside in. Gerald attended Craven Creek School and graduated from Rushville High School in 1954.
He worked for several different neighbors in the Whiteclay community after high school before marrying the love of his life, Alice (Sager) on August 3, 1958. They welcomed their first child, Ronald Gerald in 1959, Connie Lee in 1960 and Angel Lisa Tail joined the family in 1971.
Gerald and Alice bought the original Fred Denton homestead in fall of 1963 and continued to work the family ranch until the day of his passing. There have been 7 generations of Denton’s continuing on the ranch life.
Gerald had a strong faith in the Lord and was a lifetime member of the Extension Church in Whiteclay, Nebraska. He served on the church board and as the treasurer for most of his adult life. Gerald never missed an opportunity to share the Lord with the people he encountered. He was encouraging and inspirational to all who knew him.
Gerald loved and doted on all his grandchildren. He never missed an opportunity to attend the events. Being a big kid himself, he was always up for a game of baseball, cards, horsie rides, sleepovers, and would play the piano on their request. He never turned down extra dessert.
He was on the school board Craven Creek District 79 and Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller, S.D. and was an active member of the National Wild Turkey Federation for Sheridan County.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 65 years Alice Sager Denton, son Ronald (Kim) of Rushville, Neb., daughter Angel Denton Bauman of Pine Ridge, S.D., son-in-law Mark Tyler of Chadron, Neb. and son-in-law Bill Conner.
Grandchildren: Travis (Karena), Nickole (DJ) Lyon, ALanna Whiting, Chance (Megan), Lawrence (Jojo), Gatlin (Kelsie), Tyrel (Cassie), Slayde (Alexa) Denton, Tania Conner (Lucas) Isaman, Tiffany Conner (Billy) Mowery, Cody Conner, Tasha Conner (Josh) Fligge, Lucy Bauman, and Chris (Ivonne)Tyler.
Great Grandchildren: Stetson Youel, Wrangler (Jayde) Youel, Roper and Bailey Denton, Tyson and Chloe Lyon, Laeth, Meritt , Norah,and Ottalee Denton, Jolena, Raglin, and Calloway Denton, Lane Denton, Montogomery and Laramie Denton, Malaki Conner, Rylan and Jozlyn Isaman, Tyler Mowery Street, Levi and Conner Mowery, Brendan Conner, Dallas, Jaxon, and Payton Fligge, and Treyton and Aiden Tyler, Amber Abold, Whitley, Wyatt, and Loreli Pena. Great Great Grandchildren: Jeremy, Mackenzzy, and Baylor Youel and Azariah Abold. Brothers Glenn and Billy, sisters Marceil, Rita, Vesta, and Linda, many neices and nephews, and a host of friends.
Gerald is preceded in death by his father Glenn E. Denton and mother Georgia Denton Lehman, His stepfather Nick Lehman, stepmother Joyce Denton, brother Arthur Denton, sister Mildred Denton Frohman, daughter Connie Denton Conner Tyler, grandson-in-law Joe Whiting, and great granddaughter Angel Lyon.
Funeral services will be at the Extension Community Chapel in Whiteclay, Nebraska at 2:00 p.m.