Densel Luther Dutton was born at home in Rock Creek, Illinois on February 28, 1917. He departed this life on Tuesday, November 16, 2016 being at the time of his death 99 years, 8 months, 2 weeks, and 5 days old.
In 1941 he was united in marriage to Lucille Palmer. To this union, they were blessed with six children: Harold, Raymond, Glen, Larry Dale, Wilma, and Terry Wayne. He was also blessed with thirteen grandchildren: Terry Ray, Judy, Janet, Michael, Tammy, Craig, Jackie, Brad, Carolyn, Misty, Raymond Weldon, Jeff, and Garnetta. He had many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Densel was proceeded in death by his loving wife, Lucille Dutton; father, Joe Dutton; mother, Anna Newton Dutton; daughter, Wilma Arlene Dutton; sons: Larry Dale, Raymond, and Terry Wayne Dutton; grandchildren: Terry Ray Dutton, Judy Williams, Cindy Renfroe, Anna JoLynn Dutton; four brothers: Albert, Newlen, Ray, and James Dutton; three sisters: Irene Stanley, Lenora Long, and Fannie Smith.
Densel worked as a mechanic for the first Ford dealership in Hardin County then opened own his own garage in Cave in Rock. He ran a watch repair shop in his home and later ran a jewelry shop in town. For several years he was the assistant waterworks superintendent earning his nickname and c.b. handle “Papa Water Spider”.
Densel was a very creative person making cards of his many drawings, writing calligraphy, and making his famous animal figurines out of fluorspar, nuts, and anything he could hot glue together. He loved sharing these prized creations with his family and friends. He could play any musical instrument and taught himself to play numerous instruments including the mandolin, harmonica, guitar, banjo, etc.
He was an avid hunter and but enjoyed fishing more than anything. He could be found on the Ohio riverbanks on any given day throwing in a line using used spark plugs as sinkers. Although he didn’t like to eat fish, he loved to share his daily catch with whomever wanted them.
Densel was a fun loving , jovial person who loved to laugh. His laugh was infectious and everyone who spent any time with him had to laugh too. He loved to make people happy.
Densel was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cave in Rock.
Survivors include his two sons: Harold (Betty) and Glen (Jan) Dutton both of Cave in Rock; one brother, Edwin Dutton, Cave in Rock; and one sister, Joanna Stanley, Eldorado; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, John Booten and many other special friends.
Lord, please let me be a fishin’
on my last day here on earth
And when you make that final cast,
You’re just bound to see my worth.
Just ease me in your landing net,
one from which I’ll never leap.
And Lord, I pray you’re gonna find
That I’m good enough to keep!