William Ross Penn
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William Ross Penn
  • April 3, 1931 - December 6, 2017
  • Surprise, Arizona

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William (Bill) Ross Penn was born on April 3, 1931 in Rowlett, TX to the late William Penn and Rosetta (Vaughn) Penn. The Penn family moved to Arizona when Bill was a toddler. He attended a one-room elementary school in Casa Grande, AZ and later moved to Phoenix where he attended Carver High School. Bill joined the United States Air Force in 1948 to become Technical Sergeant in Logistics Management. He received various awards, medals and ribbons in the 22 years he served our Country. After several tours in the U.S., Japan and the Philippines, he retired from the Air Force in 1970 and later became Manager at the United States Post office until his full retirement in 1992. Bill had 3 children - Leon Penn, Janice Sheridan and Riando Penn. In 2003, Bill married Dolores (Cobb) Penn. They enjoyed cruising and traveling throughout the US and many places around the world. Bill loved watching westerns and playing golf. He was a member of Desert Mashie Golf Club and once served as President and Tournament Chairman during his tenure. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1992. Before Bill's passing on December 6, 2017, he was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rosetta Penn and former wife, Nancy Penn. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Dolores Penn; 2 sons, Leon Penn (Ruth) of TX, Riando Penn (Lisa) of CA and daughter, Janice Sheridan of AZ; 4 grandchildren, Courtney Penn (Cotrane), Michael Joiner (Kim), Kenny Yager, Michael Owens and Jeremy Penn; 1 great-grandson Courtney Penn Jr.