Joe Dean Penny

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Joe Dean Penny passed away in his sleep with his wife by his side after a lengthy illness on Wednesday morning Nov, 10, 2010. He was 65.

A public celebration of life will be held Dec. 18, 2010, from 2:30 -- 3:30p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center, (very casual attire, please). For more information, please call Trish Penny at 907-262-8882.

Mr. Penny was born in Lake City, Fla., on Aug. 8, 1945, one of eight children born to Ruby Ellen Hires and James Madison Penny. He moved to Alaska in 1968.

Mr. Penny served his country in the Air Force across the Lower 48 and in Vietnam. He also worked for the atomic energy commission while in the Air Force. After his honorable discharge from the military, Mr. Penny became a journeyman plumber and worked for many years in Anchorage and later on the Kenai Peninsula. He worked for Preferred Plumbing and Heating on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years. Mr. Penny also served for a short time in the National Guard Reserve.

Mr. Penny was an avid hunter, fisherman and general outdoorsman. He loved to fish for "Kings" on the Lower Kenai River. He also enjoyed camping, four-wheeling, snow machining and spending time with his family and friends.

His family said: "Joe was a loving and compassionate husband, father and grandfather. He had a very giving nature and was always willing to help others, even after he became ill. He loved to work and made it a special point to help others in need, particularly older people on fixed incomes."

Mr. Penny was preceded in death by his mother, father and his ex-sister-in-law, Carolyn "Linny" Pacillo.

Mr. Penny is survived by his wife, Patricia Penny, of Sterling; his daughter Monica Hunsaker, of Silverdale, Wash.; and his daughter Pamela Johnson, of Ider, Ala; his son-in-law Chris Hunsaker; granddaughter Mya Hunsaker and grandson Easton Hunsaker, of Silverdale; his sister, Tura Szot, and brother-in-law, Rick Szot, of Jacksonville, Fla; his sister Bobby Heart, of Gainsville, Fla; his niece and nephew Donna and Greg Szot, of Hawthorn, Fla; and six other brothers and sisters living in the Lower 48 states. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law Roscoe and Rita Helleck; his brother-in-law Jim Helleck, of Sterling; and his sisters-in-law Teresa Helleck and Gayle Davis, of Anchorage. He is survived by his niece and nephew Eric Hellec,k of Anchorage and Samantha Luckado, of Quitman Ga.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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