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12/16/2008 6:00:00 AM
Eugene Pennington
Eugene Pennington
Eugene Pennington

Eugene Forest Pennington Sr., born to Ehel and Lynn Pennington April 5, 1928, in Arkansas, went home to our Heavenly Father Dec. 10, 2008, in Kingman.

Gene (Irishman, Hank) just celebrated 59 loving years of marriage with his companion and wife, Star Pennington, last month. The couple had six children: Gene Jr. (Barbara) of Golden Valley, Randy S. (Carrie) of Winlock Wash, Robin Lea (Forrest) (both preceded him in death), Lance L. (Valarie) of Winlock, April A. (Mark) of Golden Valley, and Kenneth J. (Laura) of Kingman.

Gene had 26 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He has two brothers, Donald (Suzie) of Springfield, Mo., and Ronald, also of Missouri. His mother and father preceded him in death.

He served in the United States Marines and the Army Air Corps. He served in Iwo Jima, Pacific Islands, during World War II. He was the survivor of a plane crash during the war and was a decorated, honorably discharged soldier.

Gene was an active member of the Marine Corps Association and a member of the VFW in Kingman. He also served as a past Post Commander of VFW 7010 in Washington, and was a Mason.

In the '70s, Gene enjoyed using his CB radio as a tool while on the road making a living when help was needed on the highway. He drove for over 56 years and 5 million miles. Gene was the root of "brothers of America," a non-profit CB organization that began in 1973 and is still an active group of folks. Gene's radio handle is "Irishman."

Gene loved his family, church and country. He was a member of the Kingman Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For many years he faithfully and joyfully served as president for the Hualapai branch in Peach Springs, and he and his wife also served as branch missionaries.

Gene's service was on Monday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. at the LDS Chapel on Easter in Kingman, with a luncheon and a celebration of life.

Husband, Pops, father, and brother, you will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: YOLANDA KOPECKY AKA PENNINGTON

YES HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN, WISH HE WAS ABLE TO KNOW HIS FIRST TWO GRANDCHILDREN, FOREST AND DAWN PENNINGTON BORN TO SOUTHERN COMFORT (GENE) IN 72 AND 74 HE WOULD HAVE LOVED THEM GOOD KIDS

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Forest E Pennington III

He sounds like a very well-respected father and grandfather. I wish I could have known him. God bless you all.

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012
Article comment by: gene pennington JR

well dad ben a few sunsets sunrises feels like well yesturday when i was with you and we hug ged ,still haven.t shed a tearand like i told you i won.t becaus well you know, your still here with me that will never change .

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009
Article comment by: Your baby girl April Ann

Pops almost a year since you went to our Heavenly father, I am trying to do as promised and get Mom up here to Washington. I miss you so..

Posted: Sunday, January 4, 2009
Article comment by: Geno Pennington

I still talk to ya everyday.Your my best male friend. Keep on truckin Papa. See ya soon again!

Love your Oldest Son

Geno aka Southern Comfort

Posted: Saturday, January 3, 2009
Article comment by: April Ann(Your baby girl)

My dearest Papa Oh how i find the phone not ringing with you on it daily. The river, road trips, the brothers get togethers in Blythe and not only Father daughter relationship but the Wonderful friendship and bond. You were/are my Hero. I will try to the best of my ability to keep the promise you asked of me to watch over your little wife,mama.I miss you oh so deeply. May you rest Papa. Untill we meet again,"you can go now daddy" xox

Posted: Friday, January 2, 2009
Article comment by: Lancer ( Blue diamond)

I wish to thank the Daily Miner for having this post, Gene Pennington is my Father he was and will always be a hero in my life,he love his Lord, wife, and children and country in that order, He was a true war hero to me. His love for those around him was one of the wonderful things about dad. He thought me how to be a man of my word and how to treat a woman with love and respect.It seems strange to me that I can't pick up the phone and call him. He beleaved in the power of the Holy Priesthood.

I will always miss this good good man ,I am a better person for knowing him as a adult. I thank the Lord for giving me a father that Loved and Loves me so.

Dad, Sweet dream and rest because some day I will join you and we can be together again. Adios

Posted: Friday, January 2, 2009
Article comment by: Marva Pennington

Gene was a good friend to me, and I will miss his stories.

He was Ray Fenton's best friend, and ironically he died on the same day, 10 years to the day after Ray, and his own little Grandson Justin both passed away.

Which one came to get him? We'll not know that answer until we get up to heaven ourselves.

Rest in peace Gene.

I will never forget you.

Love, Little One

Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2009
Article comment by: LUMPY

GENE WAS MY GRANDFATHER & NOT JUST MY GRANDFATHER BUT ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY, MY GRANDMOTHER STARR WAS THE LIGHT OF HIS LIFE. AND HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

HE WAS VERY PATRIOTIC, NEVER SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY OR IRISHMAN WAS GONNA LET YOU KNOW. HE WAS A PROUD VETERAN. WE ALL WERE & ARE SO VERY PROUD OF HIM FOR WHAT HE DID FOR OUR COUNTRY.

HE WAS SO PROUD OF WHAT BROTHERS OF AMERICA STOOD FOR. THAT WAS THE CB CLUB THAT HE STARTED IN THE 70'S.

I'LL MISS THE TIMES OF HAVING A SLEEP OVER WITH YOU AND GRANDMA & STAYING UP LATE WATCHING JOHN WAYNE MOVIES AND EATING JUNK FOOD.

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU & MISS YOU GRANDPA. YOUR #1. LUMPY



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