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Jerry Denbo

Jerry L. Denbo, age 63, of French Lick, Indiana passed away on February 24th, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on April 24th, 1950 in Bedford, Indiana to Hollis and Carol “Fisher” Denbo.

He was preceded in death by his parents – father Hollis in 1993 and mother Carol in 2010 and (1) Brother Jimmy in 2007.

Jerry graduated with the Springs Valley High School Class of 1968, graduated from Indiana University in 1972 with a Master’s Degree in Education, taught school at the West Washington High School from 1972-1973 and Springs Valley High School from 1973-1979 and served as State Representative for District 62 from 1990-2007.

In between teaching and being a State Representative, Jerry sold insurance for Prudential Insurance Company.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Baden Springs, Indiana and also attended the Christian Church of Jasper in Jasper, Indiana. He was also a member of Newton Stewart Lodge #432 F&AM.

He is survived by:

(1) Son Rob Denbo (Stacy) French Lick, Indiana

(1) Daughter Marcy Greger (Bob) French Lick, Indiana

(1) Sister Gail Harris (Bill) West Baden Springs, Indiana

(5) Grandchildren

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 27th, 2014, at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home in French Lick, Indiana. Friends may call from 12:00 (noon) to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 and from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Thursday at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

Darrell Land, Bud Kielhorn and Jim Tritle will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Ames Chapel Cemetery in French Lick, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Chruch of West Baden Springs, C/O Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home 9640 W. State Rd. 56 French Lick, In. 47432.
Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

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I only today learned of Jerry's death. I am shocked and saddened to hear the news. Having been his legislative roommate for several years, i have many memories of him. He will always live in my memory. My condolences go out to his children and grandchildren.

Tom Alevizos Mar 24 2014 12:00 AM

Rob and Marcy - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and Jerry's many friends and admirers at this difficult time.  

Jerry was so devoted to his local students, teachers (and schools statewide) as well as to his beloved French Lick community.     He really enjoyed doing things for people.    The casino should be named for him.   It was his offspring too.  

At the State House, he learned my mother was a huge Larry Bird fan and could not get one of those Wheaties boxes with Larry's picture on it.     Jerry's smile was even wider than mine in joyfully supplying one for her birthday.      

While he enjoyed his legislative service, he missed being home.    Thank you for sharing Jerry with the rest of the State of Indiana.      Nancy Papas, ISTA Retired

Nancy Papas Mar 5 2014 12:00 AM

I want to express my sincere condolences to your family about the loss of Jerry.   He was a wonderful man who was willing to take a risk to bring jobs and better programs to Indiana.  I remember when hed come to the Open Houses here in Padanaram and spend the day talking with everyonefriendly, open, loved the homemade bread.   He always spent some time with Daniel talking about what he could do to help the village in terms of keeping the businesses going, the roads repaired.   When he introduced a resolution in the House concerning Daniel Wright and the Village, we were so touched.  Thanks Jerry.  We will not soon forget you!

Rachel Wright-Summerton Mar 2 2014 12:00 AM

Rob and Marcy:

I was shocked to hear of your dad's passing.  I knew him since high school and we had many fun times together.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.  You both have strong faith which will make this difficult time easier.

Karl and Mary Oakley Mar 1 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Gail and family, My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Through the miracle of social media, Jerry and I enjoyed many wonderful exchanges. I will miss him. Surely his faith will be rewarded in a heavenly home, the reward for a life well lived.

JoLyn Agan Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

Rob & Marcy,
I would like to send my deepest sympathies for the loss of your father.   When my father passed away in the early 80s it was your dad who told me that he would help watch over our family and he always stood by his word.  Your father had a major impact on my life and I feel honored to have had him as both a teacher and a friend.  I will always remember his wonderful sense of humor and his ability to pass along important life lessons through his entertaining stories or just a pick-up game of basketball in your back yard.   French Lick is a better place because of your dad and Im a better person because of his influence.  We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Dan Burton Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

Rob and Marcy, so sorry for the loss of your dad. He will be missed by many. You are both in our thoughts and prayers as God comforts you at this most difficult time.

Ken and Mary Jackson Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

Rob and Family,
Let us extend our most sincere condolences upon your loss.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

David and Annick Watson Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

We were sorry to hear of Jerry passing away!!!  Your family is in our thoughts  and prayers!!!

Pamela and Elvis Nelson Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

We would like to express our condolences on behalf of us and the Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA).  Jerry was always a friend of IDEA and always there to help when asked.  He will be sorely missed.
Kelly & Doug Chambers,
President & Past President of IDEA

Kelly & Doug Chambers Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

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