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Richard E. Penoyar

December 11, 1946 May 22, 2019
Richard E. Penoyar
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Richard (Rick) E. Penoyar, 72, of Midland, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Toni and Trish House, Auburn. He was born on December 11, 1946 in South Haven, Michigan, son of the late Richard Penoyar and Doris Evelyn (Hawver) Wenban.

Rick moved to Midland in 1958 and attended Midland Public Schools. He returned to South Haven to graduate from South Haven High School. After high school, he continued his education at Western Michigan University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also took graduate classes at Central Michigan University.

Rick operated his own ammunition business and was employed by Prudential Life Insurance Company. He was a substitute teacher at the secondary level. More recently, he was the president of the Peter and Dorothy A. Solomon Foundation.

Rick loved sports and athletics. He was a member of the Midland High football team and earned his black belt in karate. He taught karate at Western Michigan University and wrote and illustrated a manual for his students.He had a passion for learning and enjoyed technology, history, helping others and tutoring and mentoring young people.

He is survived by his mother, Doris Wenban; brother, Cary (Lisa) Wenban; sister, Dr. Alana Wenban (Tim Baker); nieces, Lauren Wenban, Katelyn Wenban, Caryn Wenban and Allyn Baker; and several cousins. In addition to his father, Rick was preceded in death by his stepfather, Allen Wenban, and special aunt and uncle Dorothy and Peter Solomon.

He also leaves special friends Tom Houghtaling, Kevin Howard, Kenny Anderson, Tom Reimer and Merdi Tree Glasser, as well as his beloved cats Prince, Emory and Willow.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Toni and Trish House for their wonderful care of Rick.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift in his memory to the Toni and Trish House or the HELP Food Pantry.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Ware-Smith-Woolever with the Rev. Dr. Wallace H. Mayton III officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service, and a luncheon will immediately follow the service at the funeral home.


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Visitation

Monday

10

Jun

6:00 PM 6/10/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/10/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

11

Jun

10:00 AM 6/11/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Tuesday

11

Jun

11:00 AM 6/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

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Toni and Trish House

HELP Food Pantry
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