Steven Charles Denton of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away 02/13/2020, aged 68 years old, birth on 03/13/1951. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Catherine Burkhart Denton, his beloved pets Harley the Tabby Cat, and Jackson the West Highland White Terrier. He is also survived by his brothers Gregory C. Denton, Douglas P. Denton, Bradley L. Denton wife Sherrilee, cherished nephews Colby, Cody and Chad, stepmother Connie Mae VerHoef Denton and beloved cousins.
Steve was proud to be an alumnus, of Wentworth Military Academy, in Lexington, Missouri. He attended there from 1966 to 1971. He served with honors in the military and was awarded a National Defense Service Medal for his duty. He carried the mantle for a Navy Chaplain and continued to honor his military heritage life long, serving in a consultant capacity for military programs and tactical gear. He was instrumental in developing a program within the Military Moral Recreation department on the Army Base in Leavenworth, Kansas in 2008 serving as a liaison between civilian outlets and active military. In civilian life he continued to serve privately ministering to homeless veterans and remained active with veteran's biker groups. Steve always credited his church elders with bringing him up to have faith in a higher power. I understand his beloved Grandmother, Catherine Denton was instrumental early in his life to ignite this desire within him.
An avid sportsman, he played semi-professional football with the Newton Nite Hawks know as Steven "Bucky" Denton, in Iowa his home state between 1977 to 1980. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio with the class of "2013". He excelled in sports and parleyed his sports career with the U. S. Rugby Confederation at Club/National side for fifteen years.
Steve was a connoisseur of life and observed an honored tradition of preserving the earth. His knack for story telling kept family memories alive for generations. He was playful and had a song in his heart that filled the air with love songs in his beautiful tenor singing voice. He is singing with Angels now...
A memorial service is planned at:
The Episcopal Church of the Nativity
22405 North Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
May 7, 2020 at 11 AM.
A private interment will occur at a later date.
Following will be a celebration of life at our home. Directions will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoenix Rescue Mission.org in memory of Steven Charles Denton.
Such a wonderful, amazing & caring man. My parents (Tom & Christie Butler) & Steve were great friends. I had the utmost respect for Steve and it was an honor to know him. He touched many many hearts and souls, he will be greatly missed on this Earth. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel, rest in paradise dear friend until we all meet again on the other side of the rainbow. 💜💜
Will always remember Steveat my parent 50 Weddings Anniversar REP love you Steve
Steve was my classmate and dear friend at Wentworth Military Academy. He had a terrific sense of humor and was everyone’s friend. He excelled in sports and academics as well as social interactions. He had an air of self confidence without being overbearing. I’m sure he was highly thought of by all he met. RIP
I'm at Chap several years ago, while I was working at Allied Surplus. I had a lot of interesting conversations with him. He would tell me about some of the places he had been and it sounded exciting I was very happy when he started working with us at Allied. He was a very honorable man. He's going to be greatly missed.
My older cousin Steven. I have been so blessed with our Denton family. My memories of Steve will never disappear. He was always there through the good and the bad. Hugs to you Mary and your animals. May you always know Steve will be the angel sitting on your shoulder. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
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