VeteranBrayton Danner

Brayton Vincent Danner, 83, of Lincoln died at 7:42 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at St. Clara’s Manor.

He was born Jan. 31, 1916, near Summum, a son of William W. and Callie Elizabeth Shaffer Danner. He married Virginia Dare Wicker on April 22, 1946, in Louisville, Ky. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Stephen of Highland and David of Springfield; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

He attended Western Illinois University in Macomb and received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois, where he later received his master’s degree in horticulture in 1947.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 29th Division in the Battle of Normandy. He received the Purple Heart. He attained the rank of second lieutenant.

He served as a rehabilitation officer for the 124th General Hospital near Newton Abbott, England, and later commanded a military police detachment with the 484th Port Battalion in Marseilles, France.

He recently wrote the book, “A Bad Day Near St. Lo,” about his World War II experiences. Chapters from this book were published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus during 1998 and 1999.

He moved to Lincoln in 1948, where he was manager for Gullett & Sons retail flower shop.

He began his teaching career in 1952 as a math and science teacher at San Jose High School. In 1959, he became an associate professor of chemistry and physics at Lincoln College, where he taught for 28 years.

He was past president of the Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers, Lincolnland Community Concert Association, Lincoln Kiwanis Club and Lincoln Garden Club.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, where he served as church warden, lay reader and photographer.

An amateur radio operator, he was instrumental in the founding of the radio station WLNX at Lincoln College. He also was editor of the newsletter for the Society of Broadcast Engineers of Eastern Illinois.

Memorials may be made to his church or to Lincoln College.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/6/1999

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Brayton Danner

Brayton Vincent Danner, 83, of Lincoln, died at 7:42 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999. Services are pending at Holland & Berry Funeral Home in Lincoln.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 9/29/1999 (pending)


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