Denis John Menke of Tarpon Springs, FL, formerly of Bancroft, passed away at the age of 80 on December 1, 2020. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:30 a.m at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft. His family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. Friday until Mass time at the church. Social distancing practices will be followed and masks are required in the church. Graveside services will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Bancroft. The Mass was live streamed on Blessed Trinity Kossuth YouTube Page and the graveside service was live streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakcrestfuneralservices.
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
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.