YUMA, Ariz. - Denis L. "Denny" Petitjean, 70, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of Versailles, passed away at 10:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his residence. Denny was born April 11, 1943, in Russia, Ohio, to the late Alpha and Ruth (George) Petitjean.
Denny is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn (Berger) Petitjean, whom he married Feb. 1, 1969; daughter and son-in-law, Chanda and James Brown of Versailles; son, Shane Petitjean of Versailles; grandchildren, Sierra Brown and Jamee Brown; great-grandchild, Cameron Brading; brothers and sister-in-law, Bob Petitjean of Middletown, Carl and Joyce Petitjean of Prospect, Ky., and Bill Petitjean of Marengo; sister, Doris Dorner of Wapakoneta; brother-in-law, Leon Freeman of Maumee; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joan and Carl Langenkamp of Yorkshire, Shirley and Leroy Cordonnier of Versailles, and Debbie Berger of Beavercreek; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Denny is also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronnie Petitjean and Lee Edward Petitjean in infancy; sister, Joan Freeman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Luella Berger; brothers-in-law, John Dorner and Kenny Berger; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Petitjean.
Denny served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Denny retired from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18 of Dayton, where he was a heavy equipment operator. Denny was a member of the Elks Lodge in Yuma, Ariz., American Legion in New Bremen, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Covington, and the Painter Creek Motorcycle Club in Painter Creek, Ohio. Denny was a former member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, with the Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles, with Military graveside services conducted by the Versailles Veteran's Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. and Monday morning from 9-10 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Darke County Cancer Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Oct. 30, 2013