William Penny

William “Doug” Douglas Penny U.S. Veteran

January 19, 1923 - June 27, 2014

Dr. William Douglas “Doug” Penny, 91, passed away at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital surrounded by family on June 27, 2014. Doug was born Jan. 19, 1923, at Rolla, N.D.; he was the youngest of six siblings and the last surviving.
Doug met Bette Lee on Christmas Day 1943 when her father had invited two young naval fighter pilots to their home for Christmas dinner. On July 12, 1944, Bette and Douglas were married in Snowhill, Md., and to this union were blessed three children: Richard, Dawn and Copper.
While in the Navy Doug flew Corsairs and Hellcats while stationed on an aircraft carrier. After Doug was out of the service he attended Concordia Lutheran College and then the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
After dental school the family made their way out to Grants Pass, Ore., in 1952. Doug had a private dental practice in Grants Pass until retiring from dentistry in 1980.
He loved golf, gardening, bowling, power boating the Rogue River, videography, photography, landscaping, hunting, fly fishing and snow skiing and a was a musician and hobbyist jeweler. He was also a private pilot.
In 2000 Doug and Bette moved to Hood River to be closer to their family. Bette passed away April 16, 2008.
Doug is survived by his children, Richard Penny and his wife, Cathy, of Olympia, Wash., Dawn Penny Brown and her husband, Jerry, of Hood River, Ore., and Copper Penny Runyan and her husband, Steve, of Chiloquin, Ore.; grandchildren Kelly Smith, Kim Darling, Jerry Brown Jr., BZ Brown and Tara Brown; and great-grandchildren Kealy, Marley, Cole, Chloe, Dylan, Bella, Calvin and Carson.
Doug spent the last four and a half years with his companion, France Benton, who brought him great joy.
Doug will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery of Portland, Oregon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for family.


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