Russell Penberthy

1925 ~ 2019

Russell Penberthy aged 93 of Wayne, MI passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Friday, January 25, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mathilda “Toots”; sister, Marjorie (Harry) Diamond; brother-in-law, Walter (Betty) Eggers; sisters-in-law, Joan (Robert) Norton, Peg (Bill) Spears, Irene Worley. Surviving are his children, Brenda Shrewsbury, Russell (Chris) Penberthy, Cathy Owens, Tammy Penberthy; grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) Wagner, Wendy Wagner, Daniel (Amy) Owens, Janel (Rob) Mills, Raiza (Jason) Sexton, Russell Paul (Annette) Penberthy, Tasha (Angel) Ramiez; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild with one on the way; brother-in-law, Jack Eggers; sister-in-law, Bernadette (Fred) Lemon. Russ was a US Navy Veteran proudly serving during WWII and was a member of the American Legion Post. He retired from Coastal Tank Line after many years as a tanker driver. Russ was a longtime member of St. Michaels Lutheran Church and his favorite hymn was Onward Christian Solders. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, yard work and watching a good old western. A memorial service will be held 1:00PM Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 3003 Hannan Rd., Wayne, MI 48184. His family will gather with friends and family immediately following the service. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, envelopes will be available at the service or you can visit online at www.garysinisefoundation.org. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Russell T. Penberthy please visit our Sympathy Store.

Memorial Service

FEB 2. 1:00 PM (EST)

St. Michaels Lutheran Church

3003 Hannan Road

Wayne, MI, 48184

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February 01, 2019 7:00pm

Shayna Studnicka lit a candle in memory of Russell T. Penberthy

- Shayna Studnicka

January 31, 2019 7:00pm

Uncle Russ was truly one of a kind. I will truly miss him and the fun times we had fishing with him as kids. Except for the time he pretended that his boat broke down in Walled Lake and he had my brother and I row all the way back to the dock, across the lake. Only to discover that he accidently shut the fuel off. He laughed and laughed, Great times!! Rest in peace. Love Bill Lemmon and family

- William C Lemmon

January 31, 2019 7:00pm

Uncle Russ was truly one of a kind. I will truly miss him and the fun times we had fishing with him as kids. Except for the time he pretended that his boat broke down in Walled Lake and he had my brother and I row all the way back to the dock, across the lake. Only to discover that he accidently shut the fuel off. He laughed and laughed, Great times!! Rest in peace. Love Bill Lemmon and family

- William C Lemmon

January 30, 2019 7:00pm

I will miss you and always remember the good times we had with mom and our family ! Love you dad you are always in my heart 💕💕💕

- brenda shrewsbury

January 29, 2019 7:00pm

May the happy memories and God's Love wrap tightly around you during these hard days. It is never easy losing a loved one..even if expected. He lives on through all he touched..and 93 years…thats a lot of people. Thank you for your service Russell Penberthy..you are truly a big part of the greatest generation…may you rest in Peace. Sincerely, Eileen and Bob MacDonell

- Eileen MacDonell

January 29, 2019 7:00pm

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January 28, 2019 7:00pm

Cathy Owens lit a candle in memory of Russell T. Penberthy

- cathy owens

January 28, 2019 7:00pm

Beverly Murray lit a candle in memory of Russell T. Penberthy

- Beverly Murray

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

Some of my best childhood and teen memories were with my dad and Uncle Russ, way too many to share here.  Going fishing with him; rabbit, and pheasant hunting. I did a lot of stuff at mom’s place with Uncle Russ; it was very much like working with my dad all over again, thanks for the loan girls. Some times when we needed something for a job at mom’s Uncle Russ and I would make a run to H.D., every time (no matter where we parked) he would say “how come what we want is always at the other end of the store”? I could never get out of there without buying him a couple of hot dogs and a coke. Then (if the weather was good) we’d set on the tailgate and talk (I loved it every time).  One job we did was putting up a gate a crossed mom’s drive way, after hot dogs and a coke we started in, when we were done, as always mom wanted a picture (wish I had it). Then there were all those times in dad’s garage, “what’s with all the peanut butter Uncle Russ”? “Don’t eat that Dave! It’s for the squirrels”. One time Suzanne found him gassing one with the tail pipe on his truck, she was so worried that someone was going to call police on him.  I think the best part of being with him was listening to his thoughts on what was going on in the world (his and mine) and there was a difference! I remember Cathy ask me if I could do anything with an old “Cracker Barrel” rocker that he had gone “dumpster” diving for. They brought it out one day in the trunk of her car, well half of it was in the trunk and they had about fifty feet of rope to hold it in there. I rebuilt it for him and he and Cathy came out for lunch to pick it up. A few weeks later I was talking to him on the phone I ask him “so how’s the rocker Uncle Russ”? I had to put the damn thing out back yard by the garden”. Why? I ask “When I set on the porch every widow for three blocks around beings me cakes, cookies, pies, so I don’t set out there”.  I think the only time he would get to me was that he was ‚Äòregular Navy” and I was “Naval Aviation” an AIRDALE! Who never went to sea! But I did go to sea with your dad once, dad, Uncle Russ and I were going salmon fishing in Lake Michigan; as we were going down the channel I could see sprays of water coming over the break wall. “Maybe we shouldn’t go out Uncle Russ” “Ah you Airedales are all alike” as we came around the end of the wall we when up and down a good ten foot wave and back into the channel. I will never forget what he said “ya know Walt that guy in the restaurant said they were biting on the river this morning”. That was it we fished the river for two days and he never said a word about “Airedales”.  I really miss my dad a lot, your dad really did fill a void I had. I loved being with the man, just setting and talking about you name it, doing little jobs with him, running him to the Apple for lunch. Thanks for sharing him with me over the last twenty two years.

- Dave Eggers

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

Kellie Baker lit a candle in memory of Russell T. Penberthy

- Kellie Baker

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

Adored you Uncle. I can still hear your laughter. I loved our trips to the UP, remember girls? Love to the family. Kellie xo

- Kellie Baker

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

Thank you Kellie, I loved when you were up north with us.❤️

- Tammy Penberthy

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

I miss you and love you Grandpa! Always and forever in my heart. Love, Tasha

- Tasha Marie

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

While my heart breaks thinking of Uncle Russ gone, I can't help but smile seeing his face. Rest in peace, Uncle Russ.

- Debbie Eggers Evans

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

Anyone that is interested in donating in my Grandfather memory in lieu of flowers please follow the link in his obituary and you can use the email address .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) thank you!!

- Wendy Wagner

January 27, 2019 7:00pm

Thank you for being a part of my life! Thank you for taking me into your family for so many years. Whenever I think of you I will remember you as the kind caring man you always were to my Children and myself. This world is a better place because you were in it. I love you Dad P.

- Jackie Bean




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