OBITUARY ~ ROBERT "BOB" DENNEY
July 05, 1921 ~ November 05, 2012
Robert "Bob" DENNEY, the son of Homer C. and Myrtle JEFFERSON DENNEY, was born on a farm near Redding, IA. As a boy he
tilled fields with a horse-drawn cultivator, milked cows, and hunted and trapped along the Middlefork River. He started
school in the one-room schoolhouse his father attended. He traveled to Mt. Ayr, IA, and boarded in a private home for
high school. He graduated in 1938, enrolling at Iowa State University in 1940. He pledged Acacia fraternity, waiting
tables at the house for room and board. Later he said that he learned as much in the house as in the classroom.
he enlisted in the Navy and became a medical corpsman. He was posted to Boston in time to do ambulance duty the night of
the Cocoanut Grove fire. Later, he served in a hospital in Recife, Brazil, and aboard ships that took him to ports as
distant as Pearl Harbor and Mers el Kebir.
Discharged in 1946 as a Chief Pharmacist's Mate, he returned to Iowa State
and was elected president of the fraternity house. He graduated on June 12, 1948 marrying Maxine ZIHLMAN eight days
later. He became a county agent with the Iowa State Extension Service.
In 1951, the couple moved to Nashua, IA, where
they operated an orchard and raised a family. They moved to Charles City, IA, in 1961 where Bob became Vice President
of Sherman’s Nurseries. In 1966 they moved to Louisiana, MO, where he headed the commercial sales department of Stark
Brothers Nursery until his retirement in 1985. Bob was an active member of the American Association of Nurserymen and
Chairman of the National Horticultural Standards Committee from 1979-1987.
In 1992 he and Maxine relocated to Portland,
OR, to be near their son Jon and Portland Nursery, in which Jon and Bob had been partners since 1980. The nursery's
Apple Tasting was one of Bob's signature projects.
After Maxine's death in 2002, Bob married Sylva MORE of Portland.
Their home became the focal point of a large united family, and their neighborliness continued to justify Bob's nickname
“Mayor of Mount Tabor."
His sister Bernice WEBSTER preceded him in death earlier this year.
He is survived by children Marjorie (Doug) HUNT, Martha DENNEY (Lloyd WALKER), Jon DENNEY (Carol FINNEY), and Jeanne DENNEY
(Nick ALTEBRANDO), by seven grandchildren, and by his wife Sylva DENNEY and her children Denise (Bill) ALDRIDGE, Stephanie
MORE and Robert (Jenn) MORE and their families.
Viewing at Holman's Funeral Home 1-5 Nov. 9, Memorial Service 2:00 Nov.
10 at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church.
Memorials in Bob's name may be sent to the Tabor Heights UM Church.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2012
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