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Richard D. Danekas

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHANA – Richard D. Danekas, 80, of Chana, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He farmed most of his life in the Chana area with his father and brothers.

Richard was born Aug. 9, 1933, in West Brooklyn, to Wilfred and Laura (Frakes) Danekas. He married Doris Irene Zell on Nov. 14, 1958, in Chana.

Survivors include his wife; six children: Diane (Jeff) Strite and Lora (Steve) Stenzel, both of Oregon, Rick (Janice) Danekas of Mount Morris, Kim Marth of Chana, Jim (Joanne) Danekas of Leaf River, and Chuck (Menchu) Danekas of Polo; his brother, Bob (Delores) Danekas of Rochelle; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; two brothers, Wayne and Wilfred Jr.; and his daughter, Dixie.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and the funeral at noon Wednesday at Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, with the Rev. Al Meyer officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road in Rochelle. Burial will be at Trinity Memory Gardens in Rochelle.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and Oregon Ambulance Service.

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