William Denman "Denny" Dukes, Jr. Obituary
William Denman "Denny" Dukes, Jr., 74, of Abilene, passed away Monday, December 14, 2015,
at the Merkel Nursing Center in Merkel, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Nowlin Anders Funeral
Home in De Leon, Texas,
with Pastor Scott Beard officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Nineveh
Cemetery in Duster, Texas.
Denny was born August 2, 1941, in Levelland, Texas, to W.D. and Mary
Ulala Wood Dukes. He grew up in Eastland County and graduated from
Eastland High School in 1959, where he was a member of the Maverick
football team. Denny went on to work for Borden, Foremost, and Midwest
Farms dairy companies during his extensive career as a milkman. He spent many years operating
home delivery routes in Texas and Louisiana, and later delivered retail products until his retirement.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one daughter, Camille Dukes.
Survivors include his son, Ray Dukes and wife, Jan, of Abilene; five daughters, Tanya Gannaway of
Abilene, Sherri Ball and husband, Hank, of Cottonwood, Tina Wyatt and husband, Curtis, of Cross Plains,
Dana Miller and husband, Ron, of Abilene, and Lisa London and husband, Cornell of Plano; two brothers,
Jerry Dukes and wife, Rita, of Evergreen, CO., Steve Dukes of Houston; one sister, Susan Dukes of Canyon
Lake; twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Jordan Gannaway, Andrew Wheeler, Brett Wheeler,
Christopher Wheeler, Hayden Wyatt, Britton
Dukes, Brock Thetford and Cody Slatton.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at
301 S. Pioneer, Suite 105, Abilene, Texas 79605, in memory of Denny.
Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.