Cecil L. Deneke, 88, of Wessington Springs


WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Cecil L. Deneke, 88, of Wessington Springs, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Avera Weskota Medical Center.


His funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Foothills Bible Fellowship Church in Wessington Springs with burial to follow at Hope Cemetery with military rites.


Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.  this evening, with prayer service to follow.


Cecil L. Deneke was born in Circle, Mont., on December 24, 1933, to Louis Deneke and Alice (Smith) Deneke. As a young child the family moved back to the Wessington Springs area where Cecil attended country school. He worked for various famers until being drafted to the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955. After being honorably discharged Cecil returned to Wessington Springs and began farming.


Cecil married Doris Thompson on June 26, 1955, in Wessington Springs. They had four children: Darrell, Steven, Linda and Duane. In 1989, Cecil semi-retired and he and Doris moved to town.


Cecil was a long-time member of the Templeton United Church of Christ, a member of the American Legion William Fee Post 14 and the VFW, was on the Pleasant Township board for many years, was a 4H leader, and a member of the Buggy Seat Cowboys.


Cecil enjoyed playing cards, watching baseball, bowling, square dancing, riding horse, fishing, hunting, participating in wagon trains, feeding the birds and spending time with his family. In his last few years, he enjoyed taking scooter rides around town.


He is survived by his wife, Doris of 67 years; his son, Darrell Deneke; daughter-in-law, Marcia Deneke; daughter, Linda (Kelvin) Albertz; and son, Duane (Janet) Deneke; six grandchildren: Katelin Deneke, Kelsey (Jon) Feuerhelm, Taylor Albertz, Jena Albertz, Dustin (Andrea) Hinker, and Braedon Hinker; four great-grandchildren: Kash and Brynlee Feuerhelm and Hailey and Clay Hinker; sisters: Gladys (Bob) Clemetson and Evelyn (Gary) Bradley; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis Deneke and Alice Deneke Anderson; son, Steven Deneke; granddaughter, Megan Deneke; sisters, Sylva Daggett, Dora Bolt, Mary Alice Deneke in infancy; and a special aunt and uncle, Clara and Robert Hirsch.


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