Dennis "Denny" York, Sr., devoted husband, loving father, "Papaw" and brother, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019, at his residence in Marion.

Denny's loved ones were by his side. Born in Lafayette, Indiana, on September 12, 1950, he was the son of the late Edgar and Wanda York. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roger York and Larry York. For several years Denny worked for Pinellas County, Florida, operating heavy equipment before moving to Marion, North Carolina, where he retired as equipment operator at the McDowell County Transfer Station on NC 226 South. He and his wife, Karen, were members of the McDowell County Seniors Bowling League.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Karen York; one daughter, Tanya Noonan (Ryan); one son, Douglas York; one sister, Debbie Williams (Dale); and one brother, Tom York (Sissy). Denny was also a proud "papaw" to McKayla Ingram, Nicholas Ingram, Damean York, Corbin York, Burton Noonan and Alucia Noonan.

In keeping with Denny's wishes, no services will be held. Family and friends wishing to share a thought and/or memory are encouraged to do so online at

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. York's memory are asked to consider CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care-McDowell, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813,

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care-McDowell, for the extraordinary care they provided Mr. York and his family during this time.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the York family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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