Vergil H. Denney 1919-2013

YOUNGSTOWN – Mr. Vergil H. Denney, 93, fell asleep in the Lord Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at home.

Mr. Denney was born July 16, 1919, in a farmhouse on King-Graves Road in Fowler Township, the son of Jesse and Nellie Williams Denney. His family later moved to Kinsman, and he was a graduate of Fowler High School.

Mr. Denney resided in San Diego in 1941, where he worked at Rohr Aircraft Company, where power packages for the B-24 Liberator Bomber were made. He returned to this area at the outbreak of World War II, serving as a U.S. government inspector at the Ravenna Arsenal ammunitions plant in Ravenna, where he met his future wife who was also an inspector at the plant. Following the war, he worked as a manager of Wellman drive-in theaters in the area.

He was married to the former Mary Maropoulakis in 1947 at St. John Greek Orthodox Church, where he was baptized in the Greek Orthodox Christian faith before marriage.

Mr. Denney began a 28-year career as a salesman for the Jewel Tea Company in the late 1940s, and built a clientele of about 700 residential customers on Youngstown’s south side and in the surrounding area.

He was a student of American history, especially the Civil War, and throughout his life and in his later years traveled the United States, visiting Civil War battleground sites and other historic locations, and many national parks. He drove to Alaska, arriving in Fairbanks on his 80th birthday. He continued his road trips until he was 91, often recording his thoughts and observations as he drove to visit his sons in California and Florida.

He leaves four sons, George (Arlene) of Youngstown, James (Marta) of Girard, Michael (Patti) of Twain Harte, Calif., and Thomas (Marilyn) of Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Denney of Canfield; a sister, Esther Vujevic; 13 grandchildren, Ted, Stephen (Becky), Jesse, Athena, Louis (Caitlin), Nicholas, Robert and Mary Denney, Sarah (Corey) Dolak, Dan Saylor, Cameron Ruble, Rochelle (Bryan) Snapp and Brandon (Heidi) Barker; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews from the Tzagournis, Saridakis, Vujevic, McElrath and Denney families.

Besides his wife, Mary, those who died before him include five brothers, Frank, Everett, Floyd, Roger and Raymond; a sister, Ruth McElrath; and three sons, Philip, John and Stephen.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, where a Trisagion Service will be at 6:30 p.m.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to St. John The Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church Restoration Fund or MVI Hospice Care of Youngstown.

Arrangements are by Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, 3100 Canfield Road, Youngstown.

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