William Denkewalter

March 31, 1969 - September 17, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1 PM St. Mary Catholic Church


Monday, September 22 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

William F. Denkewalter, 45 of Urbana, passed away, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Mercy Memorial Hospital after a multiyear battle with kidney cancer.
Born March 31, 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, Bill was a son of the late Dr. Fred R. and Maurine B. Denkewalter. He married Jeanie J. Dzuro on August 12, 1995 and together they have a daughter, Faith Raegan Denkewalter. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, Fred R. (Jane) Denkewalter Jr., Lisa D. (Michael) Fetter, J. Kurt Denkewalter, Lori K. Denkewalter, multiple nieces and nephews and special friend, Sam Rodriguez.
Bill graduated from Catholic Central High School, Wittenberg University with a B.A. and the University of Toledo College of Law with a Juris Doctorate. He was engaged in the private practice of law since 1996, when he returned to his beloved Champaign County after completing his education. He co-owned West Central Ohio Title Agency as well as Monument Square Motors, pursing his love of trading in motor vehicles.
Bill was active in the Champaign County community, believing deeply in the lessons of his parents taught him that one never finishes “paying rent” to the community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Third Degree member of the Urbana Chapter 1727 and Fourth Degree member of the Monsignor Buckley Assembly in Springfield. He was on the Board of Trustees of Champaign Residential Services, Inc. Formerly, Bill served as a Trustee and President of the Urbana Foundation, member and President of the Urbana Rotary Club, member and President of the Champaign County Arts Council, Trustee and Vice-President of the Urbana University Foundation and Trustee and Vice-President of the Cancer Association of Champaign County. Finally, from time to time, Bill served as an advocate for hospice patients in arranging their final legal matters.
Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 3-7 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Urbana, celebrated by Rev. Father Clarence Heis and Rev. Timothy West.
The family requests that memorials may be made to benefit the Knights of Columbus, council 1727, 518 N. Locust St., Urbana, OH 43078 and to the Community Mercy Hospice 444 W. Harding Rd., Springfield, OH 45504
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Melissa Lallo - Sep 27, 2014

Dear Jeannie,
I am so sorry to hear of you and your daughter’s loss. I just learned of it. May God provide you with comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Patricia - Sep 23, 2014

Please accept our deepest condolences. Please take comfort in the scriptures, ”Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. ” John 5:28,29

Tena Loudenback Wentz - Sep 23, 2014

The Loudenback Family is sorry for your loss and prays for your healing during this difficult time.
Mida Loudenback, Karen Loudenback Wyatt, Tena Loudenback Wentz

Darlene Scott - Sep 22, 2014

Dear Jeanie so sorry to read about your loss, I am not sure you know me but you and I were in the Blessings for Heart and Home in the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church where your aunt Doris attended. I loved your work on the committee and I used to do your mother’s hair before I had Meningitis and had to retire. I saw you once after your little girl was born and I hope she is a comfort to you now.I know how you must feel because I lost my 1st husband when my oldest son was just 10 and 3 more younger, now they are all grown and I have 10 grandchildren and 1 more due in a couple months. I know you are numb now and that is how the Lord gets you trough this time without them to hold. But the Lord has given me a new husband now for just 10yrs and close to my family which is a real gift of God to me. I pray for you to be comforted at this time. Write me sometime and we can share the last few years together. God Bless, Darlene

Tom Gates II - Sep 22, 2014

To the Denkewalter family,
The Family & friends of Bill have lost something wonderful with Bill’s passing.
I know in my heart that his drive for continuing education, community involvement & the most sincere thoughts to help his fellow man will not fade.
We met at school when we attended St. Mary’s & I remember a kind, exceptionally intelligent young man who befriended me early on & always seemed to look out for my best interests.
He was wise beyond his years, even then.
I will NEVER forget the “focus” he tried to instill in me, even at that young age.
Over the years, I have related the story of how he helped me build a laser for our sixth grade science fair for Mr. Bernings’ class.
I had procrastinated long enough that I wouldn’t be ready to show & he said he had an idea, so I went to his house on a Saturday to build the project.
Later that day, when Mrs. Denkewalter came into their garage, she only said to do a good job, (& something about not burning the house down).
Bill always seemed to be there for me.
The greatest thing about that day for me was & still is, Bill is my friend & he was DETERMINED that I had a good, presentable project.
I will never forget that day.
He helped me to first place.
My thoughts are of Bill & my prayers are with his wonderful family.
I will miss you Bill.
Tommy Gates

Kristie Metzger Flamm - Sep 21, 2014

Bill was a tremendous help to my mother and me approximately two years ago after the death of my father. He helped my mother with her will, living will, etc. I also was a nurse practitioner when Bill spent a short period of time at the OSU CDU unit about the time of his diagnosis. He was a wonderful person. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

the Williams Family - Sep 21, 2014

The entire Williams Family has such fond memories of Bill,He was our Santa Clause for several years and what a great Santa he was ! I recall that his Mother Maureen would drive him from place to place. Bill will be missed by many . Our prayers are will the Family . Sincerely, The Williams Family ,

Pam Reisner - Sep 21, 2014

I knew Bill when he was a student at Wittenberg, working for the Torch and I was the director of the Math Workshop, down the hall from the Torch offices. I really liked Bill, especially his sense of humor. I always smile when I drive through Urbana and see his name on the side of the law offices. I’m very sorry for your loss. He was a very special person.

Brenda Tompkins - Sep 21, 2014

So sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. I remember growing up on Ludlow road and having you all as wonderful neighbors and friends. My thoughts are with you all.
Brenda (Burkhart) Tompkins

Brenda Tompkins - Sep 21, 2014

So sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. I remember growing up on Ludlow road and having you all as wonderful neighbors and friends. My thoughts are with you all.
Brenda (Burkhart) Tompkins

Dave Bolin - Sep 21, 2014

I am very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My deepest sympathy and prayers to Jeanie, Faith, and the rest of the family.
I have not kept in contact with Bill since college, but even in those days Bill was active in community. When I first met Bill, in high school, it was at a charity event.
Bill’s service to others exemplifies an admirable standard for all to aspire. Although nothing can replace his loss, I hope that his legacy of “paying rent” provides some solace and comfort. He lived a life of making positive contributions.
God Bless,
The Bolin Family
Raleigh, NC

Skip & Peggy Merica - Sep 19, 2014

Bill was a great guy. We will miss him. Sorry for your lost, may god be with you. God bless you all. The Merica’s

Lydia - Sep 19, 2014

Bill Denkwalter passed away on Wednesday night. Lydia.

Lydia - Sep 19, 2014

Bill Denkwalter passed away on Wednesday night. Lydia.

Tracy Bianchi Settel - Sep 19, 2014

My condolences to your family. Bill was a former classmate and though we haven’t remained in touch, I know he was a great man and am so sorry for your and the community’s loss.

Cindy Plank - Sep 19, 2014

Dear Jeannie – my thoughts and prayers are with you this week. Soo sorry for your loss. Your BHS family is here for you. Let us know what you need.

Marybeth Motasem - Sep 19, 2014

Dear Jeanie and Faith, I am so sorry about Bill. I just want to let you know that I am hugging you in my heart and am praying for you.

Mary Montgomery - Sep 18, 2014

Please accept my condolences on your loss. I know he fought a valiant battle. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Mary Montgomery

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