In Memory

David Denton


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for David Denton, 77, of Granville, at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 18, 2022 at St Leo the Great Oratory, Institute of Christ the King, 221 Hanford St., Columbus with Canon David Silvey as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne, Ohio.

A Vietnam War, Marine Corps veteran, David passed away Monday, March 14, 2022 at Arlington Care Center in Newark. He was born in Frankfort, Indiana to the late Kenneth and Marie Denton.

David’s well-respected 43-year career with the railroads began with the Nickel Plate Railroad, Main Central Railroad, and ended with the Federal Railroad Administration as a mechanical inspector.  He was one of two U.S. inspectors certified in steam locomotives.

A principled man of conscience and character, David was well read, liked to debate, and was known as an arm-chair philosopher to his friends and acquaintances.  Most importantly, David was a man of faith and a devout Catholic. He served as president of Right to Life in Licking County for 15 years. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Gail; sons and daughter-in-law, Benjamin Denton, Joel and Jill Denton, and Andrew Denton; grandchildren, Nils Bleistein, Paul Denton, and Elizabeth Denton; sisters and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Richard Cohen and Cynthia Wineburgh; sisters-in-law, Teresa and Mary Gillum; and brother-in-law, Kirk Gillum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the local food pantry of your preference, as David was concerned for those in need.

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04/11/22 10:35 AM #1    

David Dunkin


He was one of my boyhood friends that included Jim Swan, John Steiner, John Quick and myself. Always a deep thinker, he provided level headed sense that laid caution to me and others others!

Dave Dunkin

04/12/22 09:23 PM #2    

Jon F. Steiner

     David was the greatest conversationalist I have ever met.  When you spoke to David either in person or on the phone, you could expect to spend at least an hour or two exchanging thoughts and ideas.  He was exceptionally well read in philosophy and religion.  In his house he had 4,000 books shelved.  

     The summer of 1967 I had graduated from college and in the fall would be taking my first teaching job.  That same summer David had just gotten out of the Marine Corp.  I thought that was great because I would have someone to hang out with during the summer.  One weekend I had a date and wanted David to get a date so we could go out on a double date.  Since David really didn't have any connections in Frankfort any more, I told him I had a cousin, Gail Gillium, who might be interested in going out.  So, we went to Gail's house to see if she would want to join us for the evening.  Gail was a very popular girl.  When we went into the house one of her boyfriends was there.  We talked for a while, and when we left the house David and Gail were together leaving behind the guy she was with.  After that one evening, I never saw David the rest of the summer.  In December they were married.

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