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Obituary: Donald Wayne Denne’

Donald Wayne Denne’ Of Carolina Beach, N.C. and Birmingham, MI. lost his brave and lengthy battle with illness July 22, 2012. He was 85 years young.
Don dearly loved his family and friends, was a supporter of many charitable organizations and was a devout Presbyterian, sharing his gifts of time, faith and service to the church always. Don had a quick intellect, sweet wit, played a mean boogie woogie on the piano and was a loving, compassionate, dignified man of honor.
Donald w. Denne’ was born in Birmingham Alabama on March 17, 1927 to Edward Clarence Denne’, Sr. and Carrie Lamanda Robins Denne’. He served in World War 11 as an MP at the Nuremberg Trials and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity and became a 32nd-Degree Mason and a Shriner.
Donald married the love of his life,  Isabelle ”Taffy” Glunt  on May 18, 1952. They had five wonderful children and shared nearly fifty years together until Isabelle’s death in 2000. Don worked in the Automotive industry which took him and the family from Pittsburg to Detroit, MI where he spent many years running Trader Ray Leasing Company in the heart of the city.  Don was a true and great example of the hard working ethic of the WW11 generation, taking pride in his work, and laboring right to the end of his days. He was truly an “old school “gentleman!
Donald’s family was most important to him. He was the loving and devoted father of Donna Kearns (Clifford), Deborah Denne’ Branka (John), Diane Svoboda (Stuart), David Denne’ (Lynne) and Douglas Denne’. He was the loving grandfather of (Danielle) Jade Denne’, Justin and Devon Storie, Sean Denne’ and Alexander, Donovan and Connor Kearns. He was also the proud great grandfather of Ryan Storie, brother of Betty Haesloop (Ralph) and Edward C. Denne’, Jr. (the late Anne). He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and a very special, and loved, longtime companion, Mary Lennon.
A very sweet and gentle man, Don will be dearly missed by all who lives he touched.
 A memorial service will be held on November 24th at 11 O Clock A.M and Donald will be inurned in the columbarium at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, next to his wife Isabelle .