Denny was born in Worthington, MN to Herman and Ruth Schackel on 09/7/1951, and died on 05/19/2020 in Bellingham, Washington after a valiant battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Michael Schackel. He is survived by his sister in law Grace Schackel and his niece Zoe and nephews Michael and Nick.
He was a talented musician, playing the trumpet and french horn, starting in the Worthington city band in 1965 and continued until 2009 then, relocating to Bellingham Washington to be closer to his brother and family.
After graduating college his adventures took him to Saint Paul, Jackson and beyond. He worked as a band instructor and later music director for a variety of churches.
His final resting place will be at Worthington City cemetery. A memorial service will be planned for next year in Bellingham Washington. Thank you to his numerous friends and relatives, fellow musicians and students who contributed to his life. “The song has ended but the melody lingers on.”