James W. "Wally" Denzer of Mahomet, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Friday (Feb. 15, 2019) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
He was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Bloomington, to Fred and Ruth (Shoemaker) Denzer. He graduated from Normal Community High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army.
He farmed his entire life on the farm where he was raised. He worked with his brothers, tending the farm, after their father passed when they were teenagers. Wally was also a salesman for livestock equipment and was a contractor for many hog buildings around Central Illinois. He served on the Illinois Soybean Association board and traveled the U.S. and to Brazil promoting soybeans.
He married Norma Scott in 1956; she died in 1999.
He is survived by three sons, Gary (Cindy) Denzer, Mahomet; Lee Denzer, Kewanee; Alan (Donna) Denzer, Kansas City, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Marie (Joseph) Denzer-Farley, Danvers; a brother, Jerry (Vi) Denzer, Bloomington; sister-in-law, Pauline Denzer, Dawson; grandchildren, Andrew Denzer, Joshua Denzer, Natalie Denzer, Sean (Samantha) Greene, Justine (Mark) Schuster and Jeremy (Keri) Enriquez; six great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother, David Denzer; a son, Adam Denzer; and a granddaughter, Emily Denzer.
Wally knew that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior and reminded people of that daily. He loved to dance and socialize and he enjoyed throwing parties on the farm.
He was a guy who took his work very seriously and was never comfortable telling people that he was retired, even during the last four years that he was in assisted living.
Over the years, he employed a lot of people as farm hands or construction crew members and took pride in seeing them develop a strong work ethic.
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at New Horizon Church, Champaign. There will be a time to greet the family from 9 to 11 a.m. before the service. Burial will be at Danvers Cemetery, Danvers. A celebration of life is planned for later in the spring. Military burial rites will be accorded by Mahomet American Legion Post 1015.
Memorials can be made to the McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation or the Blackhawk College East Foundation.
Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.