Ray C. Denbesten
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Ray C. Denbesten
  • March 14, 1949 - April 6, 2017
  • Bloomington, Illinois

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BLOOMINGTON - Ray C. Denbesten,68, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully in his sleep, April 6th, 2017 at home.

Ray was born March 14th, 1949, in South Holland IL, the son of Cornelius "Neal" Denbesten and Edna VerDught. He married Irene Niemczyk on July 1st 1972, in Sycamore IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Cathy Denbesten of Bloomington IL and Carol (Walter) Yee of Swansea IL; Sisters, Linda (Al) Jones of Burr Ridge Illinois and Lois (Roger) Nietering of Mesa AZ; grandchildren Rebecca Yee, Samuel Yee, Corinne Miller and Norah Miller. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ray was a Real Estate Property Owner/Manager in Bloomington for many years after pursuing his dream to own apartments and commercial property. He enjoyed caring for his tenants and took great pride in managing the buildings to ensure everyone had a nice place to call home or to do business. He passed this love on to his grandchildren through their never-ending games of Monopoly.

Ray grew up running and swimming. He enjoyed horses, campfires and chess and thrived on taking calculated risks and negotiations. A good piece of Lemon Meringue or Blueberry pie would sometimes bring a negotiated price of $10 in the Denbesten household. If you see a crisp $2 bill, remember Ray.

As per Ray's wishes, there will be a funeral visitation at 1st Presbyterian Church in Normal from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday April 11th followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial to take place at at East Lawn Memorial Gardens afterwards. Memorial contributions may be made to Home Sweet Home Mission and YoungLife. Online condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com