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Denny Keith Cain

Denny Keith Cain

CAIN

Denny Keith Cain, 77, of Sparta, IL, formerly of Hughes, AR; born July 4, 1946 in Bucoda, MO, the son of Everett Cain and Goldie (Lincoln) Thompson; went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

A gifted teacher and storyteller, Denny first used his talents as a Baptist preacher.  After graduating magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, he became a history teacher at Hughes High School until he retired. He was loved by his students not only for stories, but also for the fact that he truly cared about them. He told stories about growing up on a cotton farm in Missouri and being stationed in Hawaii while serving in the US Air Force. Denny loved reading (especially John Steinbeck), fishing, gun collecting and shooting. He would’ve walked all the way to Nashville to see Patsy Cline and was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was also a football Cardinals fan, although he was devastated when they left St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Thompson and his parents, Joe and Goldie Thompson.

Denny is survived by his wife – Rosemary Cain of Sparta, IL, who shared his love of the St. Louis Cardinals; favorite sister – Cathy (Keith) Bateman of Sikeston, MO; daughter – Kristy (Chris) Bentley of Conway, AR, who inherited his love of reading and napping;  bonus children – Mark G. (Tracey Bean) Robert of Wildwood, MO, Julie (Don) Wilsey of Florida, and Matthew (Molly) Robert of Urbana, IL; three grandchildren – Drake (Clarissa) Robert, Drew Robert, and Danielle Rose Robert all of Bloomington, IL; one great grandchild on the way; numerous nieces and nephews; he will also be fondly remembered by countless friends and former students.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Good Samaritan hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL for their kindness and compassion.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home, 111 West Main Street, Sparta, Illinois 62286.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.heilschuessler.com.

Graveside Services will be held at St. Pius V Catholic Cemetery in Walsh, IL on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and Family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Jim says:

    Thank you, Denny, for taking such good care of Rosemary, as she did for you. May you rest in peace!

    • Denise Ebers says:

      Gary and I are very sorry to hear of your loss Rosemary. Prayers and deepest sympathy.

  2. Claudia Kerens says:

    Rosemary and family, Please accept my condolences and sympathies. Prayers for you and yours.

  3. Cana Able (Bickerstaff) says:

    Mr. Cain was one of the greats and his legacy will live on in all of his former students. I can still hear him telling us to “get the green machine” (trash can) when he caught us chewing gum. He wrote in cursive so fast on the chalkboard, it was hard to get all the notes before he erased them to write more. Amazing memories I will always have for him. My prayers are for peace and comfort for your family during this difficult time.

  4. Gregory Latham says:

    Mr. Cain was one of the most dearest teachers I had at Old Hughes High. His class was truly a learning experience and it was because of his warm heart and great stories. My dear friend Kristi, may God be with during this difficult time. On behalf of The Latham Brothers, we offer our love and condolences ❤️

  5. Judy barnes says:

    My deepest sympathy for the loss Mr Cain was one of my favorite teachers he will truly be missed. My prayers are with the family

  6. Cindy Gall says:

    Fly high, Mr Cain. Your daughter is one of the best. She represents you well. I feel like I knew you from her stories. You will be missed and remembered.

  7. Coach Webb and Brenda Webb says:

    It was a pleasure to work with Denny at Hughes High School and to know him as a friend. He had such a way with people of all ages. He had an easy comfort that made us all feel at home in his company. Kristi, Coach Webb and I send our prayers for you and the family.

  8. Lynda Wise says:

    Kristy,
    We were shocked to hear of Denny’s passing. We enjoyed knowing him and working with him.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Erika Jackson says:

    Mr. Cain was one of the best history teacher I ever met. He was truly a delightful person. He made sure his students enjoyed his class while learning. He will truly be missed and remembered.

  10. Jennifer Moore says:

    I have so many wonderful memories of Mr Cain he was a wonderful teacher and my husband and I have great memories of him. Prayers for the family.

  11. Shelia Anderson says:

    He was one of my favorite teachers with a heart of gold. I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. May you find strength in God.

  12. Darren Smith says:

    Mr. Cain was an exceptional educator and someone who cared about his students beyond the books. During my years there, Hughes High School was filled with true educators, and he was one of those who served with distinction. His no nonsense approach to education directed many of us towards success. He will truly be missed??????.

  13. Nina Brown says:

    Kristy, I was shocked to hear that Denny has passed away. I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! Sending love. Nina Brown

  14. Christina Chadwick Potts says:

    So heartbroken to hear Mr.Cain has left us sending Prayers to his family. Je was a true hero in my eyes after I got paralyzed he would stand outside the door to make sure I didn’t fall out of my chair. He always made me laugh and loved his stories God has blessed us all with his presence ?♥️?♥️?♥️

  15. Yolanda Curne says:

    This is so sad to hear
    He was the best caring funny teacher ever

  16. Amy Campbell says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Cains passing. Please know that you, his family and his friends are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Cain could light up any room. He will be missed and was so loved!

  17. Marina Lu says:

    Dear Mr. Cain~ May you rest in peace. I remember your World History class fondly and you were definitely part of my favorite memories of Hughes High School!

  18. Melinda Patrick says:

    Kristy, we are shocked to hear that Denny has passed away. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

  19. Marne Helgesen says:

    May you all find peace . . . Memories and happiness have an indelible footprint on the lives he touched… yours included, of course! Godspeed his journey to the lord.

    • Annette Amaya Tolleson says:

      Rosemary and family,
      I am so sorry to hear about Cain passing. He was great World History teacher at Hughes High. Great memories will always be with me. Prayers for you all. Rest in peace Cain and fly high.

      • Deanna Mcdermott says:

        So sorry to hear Mr. Cain passed away! I hated history but he really made it interesting. Definitely one of my favorite teachers. May he rest in peace! Prayers for his family and friends.

23 Comments

  1. May you all find peace . . . Memories and happiness have an indelible footprint on the lives he touched… yours included, of course! Godspeed his journey to the lord.

    Reply
    • Rosemary and family,
      I am so sorry to hear about Cain passing. He was great World History teacher at Hughes High. Great memories will always be with me. Prayers for you all. Rest in peace Cain and fly high.

      Reply
      • So sorry to hear Mr. Cain passed away! I hated history but he really made it interesting. Definitely one of my favorite teachers. May he rest in peace! Prayers for his family and friends.

        Reply
  2. Kristy, we are shocked to hear that Denny has passed away. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

    Reply
  3. Dear Mr. Cain~ May you rest in peace. I remember your World History class fondly and you were definitely part of my favorite memories of Hughes High School!

    Reply
  4. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Cains passing. Please know that you, his family and his friends are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Cain could light up any room. He will be missed and was so loved!

    Reply
  5. This is so sad to hear
    He was the best caring funny teacher ever

    Reply
  6. So heartbroken to hear Mr.Cain has left us sending Prayers to his family. Je was a true hero in my eyes after I got paralyzed he would stand outside the door to make sure I didn’t fall out of my chair. He always made me laugh and loved his stories God has blessed us all with his presence ?♥️?♥️?♥️

    Reply
  7. Kristy, I was shocked to hear that Denny has passed away. I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! Sending love. Nina Brown

    Reply
  8. Mr. Cain was an exceptional educator and someone who cared about his students beyond the books. During my years there, Hughes High School was filled with true educators, and he was one of those who served with distinction. His no nonsense approach to education directed many of us towards success. He will truly be missed??????.

    Reply
  9. He was one of my favorite teachers with a heart of gold. I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. May you find strength in God.

    Reply
  10. I have so many wonderful memories of Mr Cain he was a wonderful teacher and my husband and I have great memories of him. Prayers for the family.

    Reply
  11. Mr. Cain was one of the best history teacher I ever met. He was truly a delightful person. He made sure his students enjoyed his class while learning. He will truly be missed and remembered.

    Reply
  12. Kristy,
    We were shocked to hear of Denny’s passing. We enjoyed knowing him and working with him.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Reply
  13. It was a pleasure to work with Denny at Hughes High School and to know him as a friend. He had such a way with people of all ages. He had an easy comfort that made us all feel at home in his company. Kristi, Coach Webb and I send our prayers for you and the family.

    Reply
    • Coach Webb, how are you, friend? Long time, no see!!

      —Gregory Latham

      Reply
  14. Fly high, Mr Cain. Your daughter is one of the best. She represents you well. I feel like I knew you from her stories. You will be missed and remembered.

    Reply
  15. My deepest sympathy for the loss Mr Cain was one of my favorite teachers he will truly be missed. My prayers are with the family

    Reply
  16. Mr. Cain was one of the most dearest teachers I had at Old Hughes High. His class was truly a learning experience and it was because of his warm heart and great stories. My dear friend Kristi, may God be with during this difficult time. On behalf of The Latham Brothers, we offer our love and condolences ❤️

    Reply
  17. Mr. Cain was one of the greats and his legacy will live on in all of his former students. I can still hear him telling us to “get the green machine” (trash can) when he caught us chewing gum. He wrote in cursive so fast on the chalkboard, it was hard to get all the notes before he erased them to write more. Amazing memories I will always have for him. My prayers are for peace and comfort for your family during this difficult time.

    Reply
  18. Rosemary and family, Please accept my condolences and sympathies. Prayers for you and yours.

    Reply
  19. Thank you, Denny, for taking such good care of Rosemary, as she did for you. May you rest in peace!

    Reply
    • Gary and I are very sorry to hear of your loss Rosemary. Prayers and deepest sympathy.

      Reply

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