Jeffrey Lee Penny

April 21, 1947 ‒ May 29, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009, Jeffrey retired from his business, Klopfenstein Art Equipment in 2014. Having fought a brave battle against the disease, the Lord called him home to rest on May 29, 2017.

Jeffrey was born April 21, 1947 in Bucyrus to parents Dayne & Martha Jane (Kehrer) Penny. He graduated from Malabar High School, proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a minor in finance from The Ohio State University in 1975.

An entrepreneur, Jeffrey started an acrylic picture frame business in his basement, determined to be successful. He and his father created Pennco Acrylics, Inc. in 1977. Seeing potential in custom acrylic fabrication, Jeffrey then opened his own business in 1985 named Designed Acrylics, Inc. They designed point of purchase displays for retail establishments as well as custom acrylic designs and fabrications. He went on to become Vice President of Vision Industries. Finally, pursuing a career in a different direction, Jeffrey purchased Klopfenstein Art Equipment which manufactured steel constructed art easels, potter’s wheels, art tables and art equipment.

In his early years, he enjoyed English Car Racing having owned a 1952 MG Triumph. He was also an avid reader enjoying many different genres but he especially enjoyed outer space adventure stories and he was never one to pass up a James Bond or sci-fi movie.

He is survived by his wife Sherri Maxine Penny; Jeffrey’s son by a previous marriage Brandon Penny; step-children Christopher Kunkel and Kevin Sherman. Also surviving are his sisters Dana (Lindy) Haugsted and their children Doug and Damon and Valerie (John) Arcudi and their children Chris, Rob and Jody.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Special thank you to all the employees and staff at Harbor Light Hospice, Kindred Hospice and the employees, staff and attending doctors at Signature Health Care. Also, a special appreciation for all of the residential neighbors for their kindness and support.

The Penny family will receive friends Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service honoring Jeffrey’s life will begin immediately at 2 p.m. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus.

He was very much loved and will be missed by his wife, son and family.

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  • RIP Jeffrey. Will remember the good times with our sport cars and different competitions. You had the kindest heart and smile. You will be missed.