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Charles Martin Denney

April 18, 1941January 12, 2021

Our beloved Charles Martin Denney, 79, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He was born on April 18, 1941 in Columbus. He was the son of Louis and Ruth Denney.

Charlie graduated from Columbus High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University. He worked as an Engineer for Cummins Engine Company for 33 years until his retirement. After retirement, he joined his wife, Bev, in the real estate business and they worked as a husband and wife team for RE/MAX for a number of years.

Charlie was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Elks and Moose Lodge. He enjoyed bowling, playing golf, boating at Lake Monroe, watching sports, especially the Colts; but most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Charlie was an Amazing Husband, Father and Grandpa.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Bev, of 57 years; his two sons, Rob (Michelle) Denney of Illinois and Steve (Dawn) Denney of Columbus; his grandchildren, Mike Denney of Florida, Nick Denney of Illinois, Matt Denney of Wisconsin, and Natalie Denney of Illinois; Shilee (Kadi) Denney of New York and Cody Bauerle of Columbus; his sister, Helen Hiebsch of Minnesota; and his brother, Daryl (Dee) Denney of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Norman and Julian Denney.

In keeping with Mr. Denney's wishes cremation will take place and there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Denney's name may be made to Riley Children's Hospital.

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  • Beverly Denney, Wife
  • Steve Denney (Dawn), Son
  • Rob Denney (Michelle), Son
  • Shilee Denney (Kadi), Granddaughter
  • Mike Denney, Grandson
  • Nick Denney, Grandson
  • Matt Denney, Grandson
  • Matt Denney, Grandson
  • Natalie Denney, Granddaughter
  • Cody Bauerle, Grandson
  • Helen Heibsch, Sister
  • Daryl Denney (Dee), Brother
  • Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Ruth Denney; and two brothers, Norman and Julian Denney.


  • Celebration of Life at a Later Date


Charles Martin Denney

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Roger Daugherty

January 23, 2021

Charley and I were childhood friends. We played together, rode bikes together and were best buds. I remember going to his house on Washington St. to watch color tv. His Dad worked at Arvin industries at that time. Arvin made one of the first color tvs. Rest in peace Charles.

John Fellerman

January 16, 2021

So sorry to read about Charlie's passing. Always enjoyed working with him, especially after we both "retired". Enjoyed his quiet sense of humor. RIP Charlie.

Gail DeMoss

January 16, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear this sad news.
Charles usually sat behind me in every class where we were seated alphabetically. He was a friend and helped me get through many classes. My sympathy to Beverly and his family.

Becky Umphrey

January 16, 2021


So sorry to read of Charlie's passing.
Been many years since we met you and Charlie and became neighbors in the Four Winds buoy field on Lake Monroe, 1988 actually. Was always a fun time on the lake and remember when you got "Cruisin", such a big boat way back then! Lots of memories!

Our sympathy to you and your family,

Jim and Becky Umphrey

Jerry Stricklans

January 16, 2021

Charlie was my supervisor at Cummins in engineering drafting. He was the most fair and liked supervisor I had in the 36 years I worked at Cummins. To the family condolences and know that he was a great man at Cummins.

Paula Winkler

January 15, 2021

I really enjoyed working around Charlie at Cummins. In fact, I got to work with Bev too before being hired by Cummins. They were such a great pair of two incredible people. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.