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Denis John Menke 1940-2020


Posted By: Barry R Huntsinger (email)
Date: 12/13/2020 at 11:35:07

Denis John Menke of Tarpon Springs, FL, formerly of Bancroft, passed away at the age of 80 on December 1, 2020.

Denis enjoyed a 40-year career in MLB playing in the National League for the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds. He was elected to the National League All-Star team in 1969 and 1970 and played with the Cincinnati Reds Big Red Machine in the 1972 World Series. After his playing career ended, he was an MLB coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. He loved the game. Denis retired from MLB in 2000.

Denis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean, their three children, Debra Menke, Scott Menke and Kristina Menke, and nine grandchildren, Ryan, Cori Lynn, Kyle, Jacob, Jonathan, Nicholas, Alexis, Riley and Shawn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Menke and Mary (Rahe) Menke, and his brother, Alan Menke.

"The best players are willing to grind it out." ~ Denis Menke

Private family services will be held in his hometown of Bancroft, IA.

(Source: Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona, Iowa.)


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