Matthew M. Denke

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Funeral services for Matthew M. Denke, 27, of Kennebec, SD will be 10:30 am Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain. Visitation will be Friday beginning at 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Chamberlain. Matthew was born on March 27, 1992 in Titusville, FL and at the age of 3 1/2 was adopted by Russell Denke and Kathleen Pudwill. He attended school at Aberdeen through the 4th grade. In 2002, the family moved to Chamberlain where he attended Chamberlain Public School and graduated in 2010. He had various jobs over the years with his most recent at Kennebec Telephone Company as a fiber optic technician. He had lived in several states including Arizona and California before returning to South Dakota. In November this past year, Matt met his girlfriend Darian Johnson. He loved fishing however, he always gave the fish away because he did not like to eat them. He enjoyed watching sports and listening to music. He recently bought a keyboard and guitar. Matthew passed away on April 4, 2019 as the result of an auto accident at Lower Brule, SD at the age of 27 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his mother Kathy Pudwill of Sioux Falls, SD; father Russell Denke and wife Mila of Rapid City, SD; his brother Josh Denke and wife Heather of Chamberlain; girlfriend Darian Johnson of Kennebec; his half sister Samantha Sasnett; six nephews A.J., Greyson, Rylan, Jayden, Levi, and Gage; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding him in death were his grandparents. The world of radiology began in 1895 when a European physicist Wilhelm Röntgen noticed fluorescence behind heavy cardboard when a cathode tube was activated nearby. Röntgen used his wife’s hand to demonstrate for the first time how these unknown rays, or X-rays, could penetrate the soft tissue of her hand and illustrate the bones that lay within. Röntgen generously refused to patent his discovery which allowed the explosive growth and development of a new industry. Unfortunately, researchers were unaware of the dangers of too much X-ray exposure and during the early years harm was done, even causing death of some experimenters before safeguards were established. Over time, as technology

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