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William E. “Gene” Denish

William Eugene “Gene” Denish, 64, Monroe City, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

He was born in Hannibal, Mo., on Dec. 23, 1956, to Esther Marie Cary Denish and Friend Edwin Denish.

William Eugene “Gene” Denish

Gene is survived by a daughter, Susanne Beer (James), Hunnewell, Mo.; a son, Friend Edwin “Eddie” Denish II (Natalie), St. Louis, Mo.; and a daughter, Heidi Denish, St. Louis; four grandchildren, Noah, Samuel, Emmiline and Fiona; his sister, Darla Stephens (John); and niece, Jennifer Burditt (Ron).

He was preceded in death by his brother, Edwin Lee Denish; his parents; and his niece, Amy Most.

 He was married to Lisa Gottman from Aug. 25, 1984 until 2006.

Gene was a 1975 graduate of Monroe City High School. He enjoyed football and track and was a member of FFA. 

Gene was a grain and livestock farmer. He hauled fertilizer and water. He was intelligent, liked history and was very good at math. 

He was hard working and ambitious. He liked to joke and was a fan of giving others nicknames. He enjoyed singing short rhyming songs that he made up. 

Gene was a member of the Board of Directors of Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative from 1997 to 2015. He was a member of Warren Baptist Church. 

He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday Sept. 17, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Pallbearers will be Les Minor, Darin Sharkey, Ron Burditt, Lanny Wagner, JD Beer and Mark Denish.

Family and friends are invited to his life celebration at a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. 

Memorials may be made to the Monroe City High School FFA.

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