Denny Ray Black

Denny Ray Black

Denny Ray Black

Cedar Rapids

Denny Ray Black 71, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023. Iowa Cremation is assisting the family.

Denny was born on Nov. 1, 1951, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Ed and Jean (Fairlie) Black. When he was 4 years old, his family moved to Chariton, Iowa, where they farmed until eventually moving into town. Denny was a 1970 graduate of Chariton High School. He met Joan Merklin in 1974 and they were married in 1978. Together they had three boys. As the boys grew, Denny shared his love of hunting and fishing. He taught them other lessons along the way. Denny was so proud of the fine men his boys grew up to be.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Joan Black of Cedar Rapids; sons, Justin, Ryan and Brandon and their spouses; six grandchildren; sister, Celia (Bob) Goering and nephew Brian, all of Chariton; and two sisters-in-law and their families from Cedar Rapids.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ed and Jean Black; and parents-in-law, Don and Agnes Merklin.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Oldorf Hospice House for the care and support that was given to Denny.

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