Denis L. “Denny” Petitjean age 70, of Yuma, Arizona and formerly of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 10:39 P.M. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his residence. Denny was born April 11, 1943 in Russia, Ohio to the late Alpha & Ruth (George) Petitjean.
Denny is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn (Berger) Petitjean whom he married February 1, 1969; daughter & son-in-law, Chanda & James Brown of Versailles, Ohio; son, Shane Petitjean of Versailles, Ohio; grandchildren, Sierra Brown and Jamee Brown; great-grandchild, Cameron Brading; brothers & sister-in-law, Bob Petitjean of Middletown, Ohio, Carl & Joyce Petitjean of Prospect, Kentucky and Bill Petitjean of Marengo, Ohio; sister, Doris Dorner of Wapakoneta, Ohio; brother-in-law, Leon Freeman of Maumee, Ohio; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Joan & Carl Langenkamp of Yorkshire, Ohio, Shirley & Leroy Cordonnier of Versailles, Ohio and Debbie Berger of Beavercreek, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Denny is also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronnie Petitjean and Lee Edward Petitjean in infancy; sister, Joan Freeman; father-in-law & mother-in-law, Joseph & Luella Berger; brothers-in-law, John Dorner and Kenny Berger; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Petitjean.
Denny served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Denny retired from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18 of Dayton, Ohio where he was a heavy equipment operator. Denny was a member of the Elks Lodge in Yuma, Arizona, American Legion in New Bremen, Ohio, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Covington, Ohio, and the Painter Creek Motorcycle Club in Painter Creek, Ohio. Denny was a former member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, November 4, 2013 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles, Ohio with Military graveside services conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Darke County Cancer Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com