Robert Wayne Denton, 78, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013. Robert was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Charles William and Verla Marie (Phelps) Denton. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and later became a beloved teacher, dedicating his life to his students and teaching career for over 30 years.

Robert loved nature and was an avid birdwatcher and fisherman. He also enjoyed going to garage sales and auctions, as well as cooking and watching cooking shows. Robert's gregarious and fun-loving nature endeared him to all.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Douglas Denton; and daughter, Denise Denton.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Denton of Norman, Okla.; children, Todd Denton of Chatfield, and Melanie Denton of Chatfield, and their mother; Adam Denton of Minneapolis, and his mother; stepchildren, Jeff Chrisope and wife, Rachel Robinson of Seattle, Wash., and Jennifer Drury and husband, Michael of Manila, Philippines; granddaughters, Andrea and Tess of Chatfield; step-grandchildren, Mickey, Sarah, Sam, and Katie of Philippines; siblings, Shirley, Richard, and Jo Ann; and special friends, Larry and Tana Smith, and Bill and Joan George and their families.

Graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 2, at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown, Iowa. A memorial reception follow ed at Mitchell Funeral Home,1209 Iowa Ave. W., Marshalltown, IA 50158,641-844-1234.

Arrangements for Robert and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman, OK 73072, 405-329-0101.

Online condolences may be shared at havenbrookfuneralhome.com.