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John Patrick Hennessey


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John Patrick Hennessey Obituary
Hennessey, John Patrick
90, of Peoria, Arizona passed away on May 9, 2016, from cancer. Born in Mankato, Minnesota, on July 3, 1925, John had four older sisters and one older brother, all of whom preceded him in death, as did his parents John and Clara Hennessey. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, assigned as a pharmacist's mate, third class, stationed in Hawaii from 1943 to 1946. He also served in the Korean War, based in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1950 to 1951. John married Betty Schumacher in 1948, and together they raised two daughters while living in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, and Oklahoma. His working career was spent with Great Lakes Pipe Line, later a part of The Williams Companies, where his Customer Services co-workers became his second family. He was never happier than when he was in the great outdoors, enjoying hunting and fishing, travel, and time on the golf course. After Betty's death in 1998, John was fortunate to find love again with long-time family friend Carol Waisanen, whom he married in 2000. They moved to Peoria, Arizona, prior to Carol's passing in 2009. John is survived by his daughters, Colleen Hennessey and Christine Hennessey, both of Washington, D.C; stepdaughters Joan Koppenbrink (Walt) of Phoenix, Gail Waisanen (Steve Buesking) of St. Louis, and Peggy Hinman (Lee) of Thornton, Colorado; and brother-in-law George H. Miller of Philadelphia. John was fortunate to have an extended family and numerous nieces and nephews, including those from the Culhane, Harper, Kovarik, and Parker families, who brought much joy to his life. He was also very fond of long-time friends from his former CASA residence, and those with whom he played cards and shared meals. John's daughters would like to express their sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all who shared compassion and assistance in the final days, especially caregivers Ashley, Saada, and the Hospice of the West team. Interment will be at Johnson County Memorial Gardens in Overland Park, Kansas. Donations in John's memory can be made to the or to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 25, 2016
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