John H. “Jack” Denton

Funeral services for John H. ‘Jack” Denton, 78, Lawrence, KS will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December5, 2011 at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church.  Private burial will be later at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka, KS.  He died on Monday, November 28, 2011 at his home.

Jack was born on September 17, 1933 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Donald F. & Barbara Pollock Denton.  He moved to Lawrence in 1967 from Topeka, KS.

Jack was a born-again believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoyed serving others.  He loved being an usher, prayer warrior, and office volunteer.

Earlier, he attended Kansas State University and Pittsburg State University and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Jack worked as an operator and later as a custodian at the Lawrence Paper Company from 1977-1999.  From 1966 – 1977, he worked as a linotype operator for the Allen Press in Lawrence.

He was a member of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church and the Countryside TLC Group at the church.  He enjoyed golfing and was also an avid swimmer.

He was the beloved husband of Ava Lea Davies Denton for 54 years beginning on March 22, 1958 in Junction City, KS.  She survives of the home.

Jack was a devoted father to his two daughters, Barbara Ann and husband, Kenneth Guthery of Beattyville, KY, Susan Lea and husband, Hector Agosto of El Camino Village, CA, He loved and enjoyed his twin sister, Jane Warren, of Greeley, CO, and his sister, Barbara Gail Noe, of Topeka, KS.  He was the proud Grandpa of his four grandchildren (Mason Dean Guthery, Hope Elizabeth Agosto, Ciera Briann Guthery, and Sarai Marie Agosto).

The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Lawrence Free Methodist Church or to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


24 Condolences

  1. John and Tama Davies on November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Jack was probably the most kind and decent man I ever knew; and he honestly didn’t even think of how to be otherwise. I love him and I miss him; but I’m glad he’s through with the fight he was putting up! Love to you all!

  2. The dietzs on November 29, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  3. Erma L. Johnson on November 30, 2011 at 3:44 am

    To The Family Of Jack
    Blessing In Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ.May He Give You Added Strength At This Sad Time,You Are In My Prayers,Amen!

  4. Alan Kisaka on November 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    From the Kisaka family.
    We know Jack through his daughter Susan in California. We want to convey our deepest condolences and prayers for the family at this time. We are thankful that we will see him again. 1 Thess 4:13-18

  5. Pryscyla Russell on November 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    On behalf of the Russells Family our thoughts and prays are with you. We Love you all so much…

  6. Luis and Rebekah Seda on November 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Have been praying since I first heard. Hold on to the many good memories of your father and even the greater joy that you will meet him in heaven. He will be in NO pain and in fullness of Joy with Christ. I will continue to hold the entire family in prayer. Love, hugs and kisses. Bekah

  7. Minnie Thomas on November 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    To the Denton family, my deepest condolences. I lived next door to Ava and Jack for a number of years and you were always very kind and giving. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Angie, Dennis, Haley & Carson Miller on November 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Ava Lea,
    We are so sad about Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  9. Phillip Levi on November 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    We lost a fine man on the 28th, mild mannered and gentle. It was an honor knowing him.
    All the best Ava Lea.

  10. Eilene on November 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Ava Lea, I was sad to hear of your loss. It is so hard to lose a loved one in a holiday season. I will remember you in my prayers.

  11. Gabe and Nathalya on November 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Titi Susan, I’m sorry that your daddy die and you are sad. Gabe
    Titi Susan, I know what you are going thru, and I am praying for you. Nathalya

  12. Ed & Leila Pollock on November 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    We will miss Jack and his humor. Our Son just came back from KuWait and we kept it from the family. Maybe Jack could have helped him.
    We will miss you Jack.

    Ed & Leila

  13. Damari on November 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This is just so hard the comfort is knowing he is not hurting anymore and in a way better place then we could ever dream of, but the hard part is missing him and wanting him here! I’m so very sorry for your loss.youy are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. This song has been on my heart since the very day this happened and I want to share it with you. Rest, rely, and take comfort in Him.

    It Came to Pass
    Album: Martins
    Artist: The Martins

    Sickness must be present for healing to take place
    Lives must be broken so they can be restored
    We must stop looking at our hard times
    Like they were dead-end roads
    But avenues to prove that He is Lord

    It didn’t come to stay
    It came to pass
    The Lord will move that mountain if you’ll ask
    The trials that we see today won’t last
    It didn’t come to stay
    It came to pass

    If I should live by sight I would be beaten down
    Because I can’t see past these walls of circumstance
    But faith will be my substance
    And my hope is in The Lord
    And He will turn my sorrow into dance
    And He will turn my sorrow into dance

    It didn’t come to stay
    It came to pass
    The Lord will move that mountain if you’ll ask
    The trials that we see today won’t last
    It didn’t come to stay
    It came to pass

    Weeping may endure for the night
    But I’ll find my joy tomorrow

  14. Marsha Davis on December 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Jane – please know you are in my thoughts at this time.

  15. Robert E. Woodard on December 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Ava Lea,Barbie and Susan, I have nothing but fond memories of Jack. Heck he’s known me since I wore diapers. I know Ava Lea used to change mine….I will always remember his smile. His was almost as memorable as my Pops smile. He will be missed. Much Love to all of you from Kendra and I.

  16. Glenda Magby on December 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Susan and family…I am so sorry about your dad’s passing. I did not know him personally, but he sounds like a great man, husband and father. I will continually lift you up in prayer and am so glad to know that he is with the Father. My heart and prayers go out to you.

  17. Brian & Kathy Pine on December 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Ava Lea,
    We love you and will keep you close to our hearts through this time of loss. You and Jack have been dear and loving people to our family over the years.
    Jack will truly be missed but is celebrating in heaven today! Love, Brian, Kathy, Hayden, Jordan, and Carson Pine

  18. Peggy Glazzard on December 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I well remember growing up in Topeka with the Denton twins! We attended Randolph grade school, Boswell Jr. High and Topeka High school together. I feel so lucky that many of our classmates were able to see Jack and Jane at our recent 60th High School reunion in September. Jack made a great effort to be there and thanks to dear Jane he was. I have such good memories of our early school-aged years. I hope that Jack will look up my husband, Don Glazzard, who passed away last July! You are in a better place, Jack, with no illness!

    Peggy Glazzard

  19. Jeanne Hunter Fellows on December 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Such great memories!!!! mostly swimming and laughing. Knowing the twins was different for me as I never knew any TWINS before you two came along. Loved seeing you two at the reunion and feel so very blessed to have known Jack as he was always so nice and such a sweet guy. Love, Jeanne

  20. Judy Crane Eliott on December 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Jane,
    You and Jack were part of my whole growing up time in Topeka. Can’t really imagine
    what it’s like to lose your twin… Thinking of you. Love, Judy

  21. Linda M. Kucza on December 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Ava Lea, May God hold you in His arms as you adjust to your new life. I know Jack is in Heaven and in the presence of all Joy and Happiness. I miss the old days of Bible Study but know without friends like you, my life would never have been so Blessed by God. You are in my thoughts and prayers. And here is a hug until you can get it in person!

  22. Marylada on December 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

    It’s a plaeusre to find such rationality in an answer. Welcome to the debate.

  23. Monica Thomas on August 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    So sorry for your lost.

  24. Anonymous on December 25, 2013 at 2:03 am


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