Gary Lee Denton

Gary Lee Denton, 64, of Osage Beach passed away at his home peacefully on Saturday May 8, 2021. He is now trying out those precious angel wings after a long and hard fought battle to cancer. Gary was born on April 7, 1957 in Dallas, Texas to late Samuel Denton and Ann (Bland) Scott. He moved to Missouri in 1975 and graduated from School of the Osage in 1976. Gary was the owner and operator of Denton’s Ornamental Iron. He found his calling making custom iron products of all kinds for those around the lake area. He was very creative and meticulous with his work. This allowed him to contribute to homes, docks, and businesses for 23 consecutive years around the lake area and surrounding communities.

Those left to mourn Gary are as follows: his wife Tammy (Hood) whom he married in 2010; his loving mother Ann Scott; his daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Brandon) Coplin as well as Gary’s three grandsons Lil B, Konnor, and Jaxsen; his first wife Mary “Mabel” Denton; one sister Cheryl Sawyer, and three brothers Mike Denton, Chris (Jeanna) Denton, and Bernie (Miriam) Denton; as well as the following nieces and nephews: Rachel and Lucas, Ian, Abigail and Kaci Denton. Benjamin Johnson and Crystal Sawyer. Gary also leaves numerous friends whose friendships he cherished.

Gary was a loyal friend, avid outdoorsman, a dependable brother, a provider, a loving son, a caring husband and above all a devoted father and grandpa. Gary enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Gary is preceded in death by his father Sam (Patty) Denton and step father Scotty Scott.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 pm at Jubilee Church on Hwy 42 in Kaiser on Saturday May 22, 2021. A gathering will take place at Southern Comfort afterwards in his honor.

We love you so much Dad and will forever cherish all the memories made!


  1. Theresa Edwards on May 14, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss. But rejoicing in the knowledge he is face to face with His Lord and Savior.
    Great childhood memories of times spent with all the cousins. Loved the year we sat side by side in Art class at North Mesquite High.
    Distance may have kept us apart but he was always near to my heart.
    Love you,
    Cousin Theresa Bailey Edwards

  2. Linda Hymes Miller on May 15, 2021 at 9:58 am

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a kind and loving man. Who will be missed. I was blessed to see him and visit with him the last couple years and know that we will see each other again for eternity?????. Be thinking and praying for Gary’s family??

    Love forever,
    Your cousin
    Linda Hymes Miller

  3. Joyce Rowland Sontag on May 16, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort for his family.

  4. Mike Pemberton on May 17, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Sorry for your loss sending prayers to the family

  5. Charolette Miles on May 17, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I’m so sorry for the family’s loss to say that I’ve known them a little bit is saying the least my friend Cheryl Denton reminisces so much about him and I know of all of you guys. My heart goes out to all of you for real I know how much this is going to hurt you and my friend Cheryl it’s bye for now for some day will be all in the same place together again.

  6. SANDRA WASHBURN on May 18, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. May peace be with you all at this sad time.

  7. Sandy Irwin on May 18, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. May peace be with you all at this sad time.

  8. Marie (Grimes) Ballew on May 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Sharing in your sadness as you remember Gary.
    I still have the antique cast iron bench he welded back together for me in the 80’s. Excellent welder. Always ready to help others.

  9. Bonnie Bass on May 22, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Sorry to hear the passing of Gary. I will keep family in my prayers.

  10. Dave Stone on June 2, 2021 at 10:21 am

    My condolences for Garyas a friend and someone who alwaye treated me very fairly in business and did great work.– Dave Stone

  11. Clarence Baker on June 13, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    So sorry about your loss. I have fond memories growing up with the Denton family on Harvey St. in Mesquite, Tx. R. I. P. My friend.

  12. Diana Flora on July 3, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss, I knew him and Mable years ago.

  13. Lynn Thuston on August 9, 2023 at 7:35 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I met him summer of 1976. I have wonderful thoughts
    And memories. Condolences to your family.

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