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Douglas Blair DeNio

Douglas Blair DeNio

October 16, 1951 - December 28, 2018

Douglas Blair DeNio, 67, died Friday, Dec. 28th, 2018, at Columbus Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Columbus Berean Church with Pastor Justin Bebb officiating. Interment will be in the Columbus Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Gass Haney Funeral Home and continue Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. A memorial has been established to the Columbus Berean Church.

Douglas was born Oct. 16, 1951, in Independence, Missouri, to James and Audentia DeNio. He graduated from Sturgis High School in Sturgis, South Dakota, in 1969. He then attended and graduated from Black Hills State College in 1973 with a double degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education. As a freshman, he played or sang in every single musical group on campus, including the Girls Chorus, where he played bass guitar. He also played regularly in several rock bands throughout his college life. While at Black Hills State College he met, fell in love, and on Dec. 28, 1973, married Judy Prosper.

They lived in Philip, South Dakota, where Douglas began his teaching career at Haakon County School District as the instrumental music teacher from 1973 to 1975. Douglas and Judy then moved to Newman Grove, Nebraska, where he taught instrumental music until 1977. He then went back to school at Northeast Technical Community College and earned a degree in electronics. He worked at several local music stores and Judy and Doug moved to Columbus, Nebraska, in 1983. He then decided to open his own store, The Music Doctor, in May of 1984, where he fixed many musical instruments and electronics. He worked as the assistant band director from 1994 to 2000 at Columbus High School, where he also played in the pit orchestra for many musicals. Douglas was also involved in serving faithfully at his church. He served in many areas in the church from the worship team, to Sunday School, to running the sound board almost every week.

Douglas will be remembered for his punny sense of humor, his love of music and his kindness and encouragement to so many. He always made it his goal to bring joy to the people around him through his jokes. The most important part of Douglas’s life was his faith. He demonstrated this faith through his investment in others. He believed in the power and practice of prayer and even in his last minutes was praying. We celebrate that he is with his Savior today.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Judy DeNio of Columbus, Nebraska; son, Brian (Dawn) DeNio of Tucson, Arizona; daughters, Chrystal (Stephen) Hambek of Omaha, Nebraska, Sarah DeNio of Columbus, Nebraska; and

five grandchildren.

Douglas was preceded in death by his mother, Audentia; father, James; and stepmother, Frances.

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

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