Obituaries published in The Jessamine Journal 9.6.18

Published 10:05 am Thursday, September 6, 2018

Charles Lee Denger

April 8, 1935 – Sept. 2, 2018

Charles (Charlie) Lee Denger, of Wilmore, Kentucky, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 2, 2018.

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He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jeneane Wright Denger. He was born on April 8, 1935, in Ingalls, Indiana, at the home of his parents, the late Leslie and Gladys (Carlson) Denger.

Charlie grew up in Indiana and graduated from Fortville High School in 1953 where he played baseball and basketball. In 1955 he coached the little league team in Ingalls, Indiana and later a church basketball team in Lexington. As a young man, he achieved the status of a Master Plasterer.

Feeling called into ministry, he moved his family to Wilmore, Kentucky in 1965. He graduated Asbury College in 1969 and attended Asbury Seminary.

While in college, he was pastor of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Carmel, Kentucky, and Mt. Tabor UMC in Tollesboro, Kentucky. While in Seminary, he was pastor of Mt. Gilead UMC in Scott County and Mt. Hope UMC in Harrison County until June of 1974.

Charles was a man of many talents, supporting his family while in school by doing remodeling work, installing aluminum siding, storm windows, and storm doors.

He eventually opened a business called Lexington House of Fireplaces in Lexington, which later became Denger’s Woodburning Supply and then Denger’s Hearth & Home.

He participated in several mission trips during his adult life time including Columbia, South America, Italy, the Congo, Haiti, and also volunteered at various mission projects in the U.S.

He was active at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Lexington which now also operates under the name of Embrace Epworth Campus Methodist Church.

He became a member of the Wilmore Free Methodist Church when he moved to Wilmore. 

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Rachel Ann Denger; his brothers Lowell Denger, Art Denger, Kenneth Denger, and his sisters Norma Webb and Beverly Jefferies. 

He was beloved by his three children: Mike (Jennifer) Denger of Wilmore; Laura (Eric) Fischer of Lexington; and Doug (Lian) Denger of Pittsburgh.

He is also survived by his three Stepsons: Wayne (Leah) Hall of Nicholasville; Russell (Melodie) Hall of Wilmore; and Scott (Kristy) Hall of Wilmore.

He was a wonderful grandfather to 12 grandchildren: Brian (Johanna) Denger, Charlie, Sarah, and Joe Denger, Dwight and Clark Fischer, Christian and Abbey Hall, Noah and Aaron Hall, and Caleb and Ben Hall, Wilmore.

He delighted in his 3 great-grandchildren: Carter, Cate, and Brinn Denger.

He is survived by his brother, Don Denger, Greenfield, Indiana; a sister, Patricia Isles, Lebanon, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

The visitation and funeral will take place at the Wilmore Free Methodist Church; visitation is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday with the funeral scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Burial will take place at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens on Harrodsburg Road at 12:30 p.m. Gash Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Randal Weesner

July 15, 1944 – Aug. 28, 2018

James Randal Weesner, 74, of Bowling Green, Kentucky entered into rest Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at Hospice House of Southern Kentucky. Randy was a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and was born July 15, 1944. He was preceded in death by his parents Randal Reynolds Weesner and Blanch (Preddy) Weesner, a brother Ricky Weesner. Randy was a retired truck driver from Federal Express and was a school bus driver for special needs children in Ohio County. He was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist and a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years Linda Morris Weesner, daughter Kimberly Paige Weesner of Jonesboro, Arkansas and brother Jerry Weesner (Vickie) of Lexington, Kentucky. He is also survived by niece Crystal Smith (Jason) of Lexington, Kentucky and a nephew Casey Weesner (Sarah) of Lexington, Kentucky. Four great nieces also survive James.

Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Rosine, Kentucky. Arrangements have been entrusted to J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern Kentucky.

Thomas Henry Rhineheimer

March 28, 1943 – Aug. 11, 2018

On Saturday, Aug. 11th at 3 a.m., our beloved husband, father and friend traded his earthly home for his eternal one with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His wife and daughter’s want to welcome you to a memorial service to honor and celebrate his life held at Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville, Kentucky, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13. All are welcome.

Stella Ann Miller

Jan. 7, 1949 – Sept. 4, 2018

Stella Ann Miller, 69, wife to Rick Wayne passed Monday Sept. 4, 2018. Born in Fayette County, to Bob Stinnett and Evelyn Bradley, Stella was a homemaker. She is survived by her two sons, Chad (Kristy) and Mike Sturgill II, stepson Brandon Miller, and sister Sharon (Lonnie) Kay Staton.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Betts and West Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow in the Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday Sept. 9, 2018 at Betts and West. Online guestbook can be viewed at

Joyce Elaine Black

Feb. 9, 1933 – Sept. 1, 2018

Joyce Elaine Black, widow of Arlen passed Sept. 1, 2018. Service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 110 Shannon Parkway, Nicholasville. Arrangements by Betts & West.

Michael D. Hilterbran

Jan. 21, 1963 – Sept. 1, 2018

Michael D. Hilterbran, 55, husband of Becky Canter Hilterbran, died Saturday. Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Betts & West Funeral Home. 

Bonnie Dunlap

June 6, 1935 – Sept. 2, 2018

Bonnie Dunlap, 83, passed Sept. 2, 2018. Services 1 p.m. Friday at Betts & West. Burial, BMG. Visitation today from 5 to 9 p.m. Arrangements by Betts & West. Online guestbook

Dorothy Ashcraft Dunaway

Aug. 30, 1946 – Sept. 2, 2018

Dorothy Ashcraft Dunaway, 72, widow of Earnest, passed Sept. 2, 2018. Services, 1 p.m. today at Betts & West. Burial at Camp Nelson. Arrangements by Betts & West. Online guestbook

Larry Wayne Bennett

July 14, 1950 – Sept. 1, 2018

Larry Wayne Bennett, 68, passed. Services today at 11 a.m. at Betts and West. Burial in Maple Grove. Visitation was Wednesday at Betts & West. Online guestbook

Violet Johnson

March 15, 1953 – Aug. 28, 2018

Violet Johnson, 65, passed away Aug. 28, 2018. Services were 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at Harmony Fellowship Church, located at 200 Revel Rd. Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Ingeborg Brooks

Jan. 22, 1931 – Aug. 31, 2018

Hager & Cundiff was honored to serve the family of Ingeborg Brooks, widow of Warren, mother of Susan and Marsheila. “Twinkling eyes, smiles, and laughter.”