The couple had two children, Sara and Samuel, and raised them in Ottawa Lake, Mich. As his children grew up, he spent countless hours as a coach for softball, baseball and basketball teams in the community. He would volunteer hours at his children’s elementary school, teaching the students how to use computers and emerging technology. In addition to his time spent volunteering at his children’s school, J.D. went back to school for himself. Even though he was an adult learner and was raising a family, J.D. received his diploma with academic honors and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He earned a degree in drafting and design from Monroe County Community College. Upon graduation, he went to work at Applied Technologies Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, where he worked for about a decade, designing automotive parts for major car manufacturers. The family lived in Michigan for more than 20 years until the couple moved to Nevada five years ago. In retirement, J.D. loved to go to hot rod shows to see all the classic muscle cars he grew up with, to add more sports trading cards to his vast collection that was amassed over his six decades of life, and to spend time with his family, doing new things or visiting new places. He loved keeping up with his grandchildren, taking photographs with his old Canon camera, and spending hours tending his virtual garden while visiting with old classmates, neighbors, family and friends online. He is survived by his wife, Corinna Kittle Denhart of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Jennifer Baldwin-Wells of Commiskey, and Sara Denhart of Scottsburg; two sons, John Lucas Denhart of Clarksville, Tenn., and Samuel Denhart of Ottawa Lake, Mich.; several grandchildren; mother Violet Denhart Sanders of Ottawa Lake, Mich.; one brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Denhart, both of Dundee, Mich.; one sister and brother-in-law, Doreen and Tim Meisner, both of Toledo, Ohio; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Mabel Denhart, and his father, John Thomas Denhart, who died in 1999. Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held in April to celebrate JD’s life.
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