Raymond Hollen Penn
West Melbourne, FL
Raymond Hollen Penn, 87, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, December 21, 2014. He was born in Astoria, Long Island, NY on October 7, 1927. Raised in Dayton, OH, he graduated from Oakwood HS in 1946, served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in the Philippines during WWII.
Ray graduated from the University of Dayton in June, 1952, and married Marilyn Horn the next week. They moved to Melbourne, FL in 1954 to accept a position in Contracts Administration at Radiation, Inc, a small company which is now Harris Corporation. During his more than 40 years of employment there, his favorite position was Director of Community Relations.
His many activities included teaching adult swimming at Pro Health, swimming regularly, keeping his 1959 TR3 running, sailing his 28 ft. 'Ragtime', and music, especially jazz. Ray also enjoyed photography and loved creating his own annual Christmas card. Ray's greatest passion was his family.
Ray is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; his daughter, Suzanne Boyd; his son, Mike; his granddaughters, Amy Wells (Clayton), Allison Pettigrew, and Haven Penn, and great-grandson, Holland Wells.
A celebration of his life will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Saturday, January 3rd at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Holy Trinity Memorial Fund or William Childs Hospice House.
Published in FloridaToday on Dec. 31, 2014.