Frank Joseph Penoza
Mr. Frank Joseph Penoza, age 89, passed away at his home in Hockessin, DE, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, surrounded by his family.
Born in New Derry, PA, on July 19, 1921, Frank relocated with his family to Royal Oak, MI, in 1925. As an accomplished athlete at Royal Oak High School, Frank became a three-sport star and captain of the schools football, basketball, and baseball teams. Frank was inducted into his high schools Hall of Fame in 1997, in recognition of his athletic accomplishments and successful engineering career.
During World War II, Frank served with the 507th Paratroop Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. Frank was honorably discharged in October 1943 as a disabled veteran.
In 1952, Frank earned degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering from the Lawrence Institute of Technology in Detroit, MI. In the spring of 1955, following three years of employment at General Electrics Carboloy Division in Detroit, Frank moved his young family to Wilmington, DE, where he joined Dupont. Frank enjoyed a rewarding 26-year career in Duponts Engineering Service Division, retiring as a Principle Consultant in 1981 to start his own business, Pen Associates, Inc. Frank obtained eight patents during his career, and spent his 30 years of retirement from Dupont manufacturing and marketing specialty tools for cutting and machining Duponts Kevlar product. Frank worked in the business continuously until March of 2011.
Predeceased by seven brothers and sisters, Frank is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion J. Penoza, and five sons, Richard of Loudon TN, Thomas of New Castle, DE, Gerald of Wilmington, DE, James of McComb, MS, and Larry of Bellevue, WA, eight grandchildren and a great grandson.
A committal service with military honors will be held privately at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
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