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Patrick A. McKenna

Patrick A. McKenna

NEWARK: A memorial service for Patrick A. McKenna, age 62, of Newark, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service with Pastor Eric Miller officiating.

Patrick passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Selma Markowitz Care Center (operated by Hospice of Central Ohio) with his loving family by his side. He was born July 3, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Arthur P. and Joan (Moriarity) McKenna.

Patrick was a decorated Marine serving two tours of duty (1968 and 1969) in Vietnam. He was a member of the highly decorated and brave Marines of Fox Company, 2/5, who fought in some of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam war. Patrick's bravery and picture is mentioned in the book "Battlelines". He fought against the North Vietnamese when the Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive, a coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam. It was during this time he earned several honors, including the second highest military decoration for valor, the Navy Cross and the distinguished Purple Heart Medal.

After Patrick returned from Vietnam, he took over his fathers Schwinn bicycle business, "Columbus Cycle" and operated it for many years. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to buy and sell old cars and car parts, motorcycles, especially Harley Davidson motorcycles and parts and accessories on Ebay.

He is survived by two brothers, Jim McKenna of Louisville, Kentucky and Joseph McKenna of Newark; three sisters, Janet Hill of Newark, Michele (Bill) Briski of Crestwood, Illinois and Sharon Dozer of Newark; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Larry Dozer and close friend Denny Brookover.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Patrick to the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058 or to the , 1032 Buckeye Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055

Friends may call prior to the service from 9:30-11 a.m. at the funeral home, 59 North Fifth Street where the Licking County Veteran's Alliance will conduct services.

Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the McKenna family.

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Funeral Home

Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle
59 North 5th Street Newark, OH 43055
740-345-9864

Published in the Advocate on June 28, 2013
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