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Lt. Col. David T. Penn, Ret. USMC

Published on -8/13/2014, 9:56 AM

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Into this world on November 20th, 1949, a future Marine and father to be of three beautiful daughters, was born. David Thomas Penn was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He was raised by two loving parents, Dr. & Mrs. Donald Penn, and spent most of his childhood in Bethesda, MD.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1967. He worked his way up to a Staff Sergeant, then to a Chief Warrant Officer, then was commissioned upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He was a true "mustang." He retired in 2000 as a highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel. During his time in the Marine Corps, he served in the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, served as the commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, and also served in various other vital roles and operations. His outstanding service earned many awards including a Presidential Unit Citation, a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement medal, Drill Instructor ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal, an MSG security medal, and many more.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he spent his time with his family and his beloved dogs. He volunteered as a firefighter/first responder with the Victoria Fire Department and also served as a commander with the VFW, unit 1751 in Victoria. He was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking and was a man of strong faith. He took great pride in being a recognized brother of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Silver City, NM. After leading a fantastic life, he was called home on August 7th, 2014. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Donald and Mrs. Virginia Penn. He is survived by his three daughters; Virginia, Elizabeth and Christine; seven grandchildren; and his fiancee, Helen. He is also survived by several siblings, Laurie, Marvin, Bob, LaVon, Diane and Virginia.

He will be honored with a memorial/vigil at Brock's North Hill Chapel located at 2509 Vine in Hays, KS, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. Vigil at 5:30 p.m., followed by rosary at 6 p.m. by Victoria Knights of Columbus 4th degree honor guard. Flag presentation and taps at 6:50 p.m. by Russell VFW Post No. 6240 and Victoria VFW Post No. 1751, all at the funeral home. His final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery, as deserved. In lieu of flowers, you can make donations, in his honor, to the Humane Society of the High Plains in Hays, KS.

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