Dan Penix

August 19, 1945 ‒ May 27, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Dan Penix, age 74 of Marion, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 surrounded by family and friends.

Dan was born on August 19, 1945 in Salyersville, KY, the son of John Marvin and Emma Jean (Williams) Penix. In 1964 Dan graduated from River Valley High School and then attended The Ohio State University where he received his associate’s degree.

Dan was united in marriage to his soulmate, Judith Earl, on May 22, 1965 and recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

He was a dedicated employee of Whirlpool Corporation. He began his career there working on the assembly line and worked his way up to Manager of Manufacturing, retiring with 35 years of service.

He will forever be remembered for his love of River Valley sports and The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He and Judy enjoyed many games at the “Shoe” and will treasure those memories always. Dan volunteered, for many years, at River Valley supporting the youth baseball league and also was active with the Marion Youth Football league. He freely gave of his time to many organizations that he championed; he served on the River Valley School Board, MARCA Board of Directors, Friendship Parish Board and was a faithful parishioner of the Claridon United Methodist Church. In his free time, Dan loved the water and casting a fishing line provided him hours of entertainment and relaxation. He also had a fondness for classic cars and enjoyed attending car shows. Above all, Judy, John, and his granddaughters were his greatest treasure and proudest achievement.

He is survived by his devoted wife Judith (Earl) Penix; proud father of John (Mary) Penix of Mountain View, CA; beloved grandfather of Adri, Josie and Genie; uncle of Kim Jesson, Brenda (Billy) Duff and Amanda (Andy) Darling; also surviving, his special cousin, Orene Miller.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill Penix.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11AM at Claridon Cemetery; Pastor Terry Burkhardt will be officiating; Celebration of Dan’s life will be hosted by his family and will be announced at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Claridon United Methodist Church.

The Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to be serving the Penix family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com


  • Judy and John,

    I am soo sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Penix. I hope you find comfort in the times spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

    Jim and Joanne Trainer

  • Judy,

    I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was highly thought of and very loved by me and Tom. You and John and your family are very much in my prayers and thought.
    May God send his comfort to you.

    I love you,

    Cheryl and Tom

  • Judy, John, and family,
    We were sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. May God bring you peace and comfort at this time your time of loss.
    Tom & Dixie Lyon

  • Judy I will always love Dan and always remember the love he showed us when I lost my dad (his cousin Roy). Mom and I send our love to you and your family. People like Dan are few and far between, he was kind, giving and a gentle soul. May you find comfort in knowing how loved you both are.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Dan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Judy,and your family..

  • Dear Judy, John, and the entire Penix’s Family. My heart goes out to all of you. Dan was the Manager when I worked on the DOTT Line. He ran a very tight ship, and there was not much that would pass by him. Dan was Production Driven, Cost Efficient, Safety Minded, and Quality Orientated. John, your Dad was so proud when you became a Dr. John Penix. His eyes sparked with pride; but when he became grandpa, what a chuckle giggle of joy in his voice. my husband and I would see your mom and dad at various places in Marion Area. We always spoke, and shared what was going on in our world. But you and your family was always the topic of conversation. Your mom would set there graciously with pure enjoyment as your Dad would speak about you and your children. Judy, Dan adored you, everyone and anyone could tell by the way he looked at you during those few short moments through out time. My life was enriched; and Dan was an encouraging to me in his own way. Hugs to all of you and I have a few tears, because I know that Dan will always be very missed.

  • Judy, John and families; I was so saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. I have great memories of working for and with Dan for many years. What stands out to me most was how much Dan loved his family! Judy, you were the light of his life and John, your dad could not talk about you without beaming! What gifts and memories he has given you! Rejoice in knowing this isn’t good bye, but see you later! God bless and carry you through this. Pam Pinney

  • Dear Judy, John and family:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. There are no words that I can write which will make this loss any less painful, but I hope that the love and support of your family and community will help you bear this burden. With hopes for peace, and may his memory be a blessing.

    Jen, Fiona and Molly

  • Our paths didn’t cross until he became our daughter’s father-in-law. He was always generous and kind to us. It was a pleasure to be grandparents together. He will be missed.

  • Mrs. Penix and John and family, I am sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I will remember our times in Mighty Mite Wrestling and traveling all over Ohio.

  • Judy, I am so saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. I’ve known both of you for more years than I can remember. Such a wonderful man, with such a wonderful wife. My memories will always remain good ones. Best wishes to you.

  • Dear Judy & John,

    My sincerest sympathy on the passing of Dan. I know its been many years since we’ve last seen each other but I always adored Dan. He was a lovely man and I’m sure that just grew with age. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

    Marcie (Strickland) Huffman

  • My deepest sympathy to Judy and family. Dan was a great guy and I enjoyed reconnecting with him at Candlewood .Lots of fun going down memory lane after our high school days!

  • My sincerest condolences go out to you Judy and your family.

    May he R.I.P..

    Deepest Sympsthies,
    Jackie Durham Mounts