Obituary: Penny, Daniel Gene
PENNY, Daniel Gene Our beloved father, Daniel Gene Penny, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on the evening of August 27th, 2013. He was 84 years old. Dan was born in Pasco, WA on May 22nd, 1929. He spent most of his life living here in the Spokane area. Dan’s 30 years as a pharmaceutical representative for Eaton Labs, then Bristol Meyers, took him to Oregon, Alaska and California before retuning to Spokane. Dan went to North Central High School, then some college in Cheney, WA. He joined the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of Sergeant Major. He was a Veteran of the Korean War and joined the Washington National Guard to continue in his service to a country he honored and served with great love and appreciation. Dan was also involved in the ham radio club, out of Colville, and Chewelah area. It was a passion of his and he was devoted to his fellow “hammers”. Teaching upcoming generations was exciting to him. Dan also was exceptional in the kitchen. Cooking was a joy and relaxing for him. Trying out and always “improving on” recipes was a goal. Not only did he teach his children how to handle a weapon, he taught us how to cook! Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, in October of 2004. We take joy in knowing he is with her once again. He is survived by his children, Debra and Richard Henry of Twin Falls, ID; Karen Phillips of Springfield, OR; Laurie Penny of Eugene, OR; Kathryn and Greg Matsumoto of Spokane, WA and Daniel II and Sara Penny of Sartell, MN. He has 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on October 5th at Valley Bible Church, 3067 4th St., Valley, WA (937-4700). A reception will follow.