WALTER RAYMOND PENNEYWalter Raymond Penney, of Duluth, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Aftenro Home, his home for the last four years.
Walter Raymond Penney, of Duluth, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Aftenro Home, his home for the last four years.
Walter was born on Nov. 24, 1923, in Sydney, Australia.
His education was in the area of construction and engineering, and during World War II, Walter joined the Merchant Marines and met his future wife, Olga Herko, in New York City. He and Olga raised their two daughters, and a son, Preston Mark, in Sioux City, Iowa, where he worked as a contractor. Walter used his engineering background to land a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha Division, and rose to the level of Resident Engineer, with oversight of multiple projects throughout the Midwest.
Walter was able to obtain a Pilot's License, which he used extensively to oversee his projects and was one of the first men in the United States to build a VariEze experimental aircraft by hand, one of the proudest achievements of his life.
He is survived by his two daughters, Christine Penney, of Duluth, and Vicki Penney-Rohner, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He has one grandson, Preston Rohner, and extended family in Australia.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, (today) at Aftenro, 510 W. College Street, in the second floor sunroom.
No flowers, please, but cards may be sent to the family via Christine Penney, at 9305 Congdon Blvd, Duluth, 55804. Donations in Walter's name may be made to Aftenro Homes.
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