Denis L. "Denny" Petitjean

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YUMA, Ariz. - Denis L. "Denny" Petitjean, age 70, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of Versailles, Ohio, 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, Ohio, Carl and Joyce Petitjean, of Prospect, Ky., and Bill Petitjean, of Marengo, Ohio; sister, Doris Dorner, of Wapakoneta, Ohio; brother-in-law, Leon Freeman of Maumee, Ohio; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joan and Carl Langenkamp, of Yorkshire, Ohio, Shirley and Leroy Cordonnier, of Versailles, and Debbie Berger, of Beavercreek, Ohio; 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, Ohio where he was a heavy equipment operator. Denny was a member of the Elks Lodge in Yuma, Ariz., American Legion in New Bremen, Ohio, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Covington, Ohio, and the Painter Creek Motorcycle Club in Painter Creek, Ohio. Denny was a former member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, Ohio.

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. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles, with military graveside services conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday morning from 9 to 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


Published in Sidney Daily News from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2013
Ruth, Denny, & Ronnie Please don't throw the baby out with the dishwater. Denis Lee Petitjean
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