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Life Story / Obituary
On January 14, 2023, the world lost a great man as Patrick Edward Denny ascended to Heaven after a tough battle with Leukemia surrounded by his beloved family.
Pat was born on September 9, 1942 in Manistique, MI to John Edward and Audella Josephine Constance Denny (Richards). He was the third of five children. Despite John passing when Pat was young, Pat held on to memories of his father and would share them with pride.
Soon after the passing of his mother and father at the age of sixteen, he moved to Traverse City to live with his aunt and uncle, Leonard and Marion Richards. It was there where he not only fell in love with the Traverse City community, but he also met the love of his life, Sandra Smith, in the summer of 1962. They married on November 24 of that year.
They soon started their family and eventually had four daughters, Lisa, Pam, Kristy, and Kelly, all of whom he loved dearly.
After honing his skills, Pat and Sandy started Denny’s Heating & Cooling Service. It was in that role where his ties to the community strengthened even more. Throughout his over four decades serving the area, he developed long lasting relationships with his clients, many of whom became like family.
Pat could find a solution for anything and soon his reputation around town grew. It was nothing for experienced technicians to call on Pat for his advice, expertise, and creativity. He was always happy to lend that advice and to teach those entering the trade, which he had mastered.
The only thing more amazing than his ability fix everything was the size of his heart. He would help anyone. He would take service calls around the clock, often spending the wee hours of the night making sure someone had heat in their home regardless of whether they could afford to pay or not.
When he wasn’t fixing something, he was doting on Sandy, his daughters, and his grandchildren, whether it was at home, a ballgame, or the Cherry Festival. Otherwise, you could find him in the woods enjoying his favorite past time hunting or just soaking up his surroundings.
He will also be remembered for his stories, which captivated his listeners. And just when you thought he was done, he would hit you with another one even more intriguing.
Pat and Sandy were longtime members of St Michael’s Lutheran Church, where he put in countless hours of service.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, John and Audella Denny; aunt and uncle, Leonard and Marion Richards; sister, Darlene Higby; and special friends Edward Haughn and Gary Sheffer.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years and the love of his life, Sandy Denny; sisters, Jacqueline (Will) Perkins of Naubinway and Barbara Denny of Escanaba; brother, Larry (Kristine) Denny of Interlochen; daughters, Lisa Baldyga, Pamela Nickerson, Kristy Denny, all of Traverse City, and Kelly (Jeffery) Sandman of Honor; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Rachel, Tyler, Hunter, Pepper, and Norah; great grandchildren, Colton, Brooklyn, Trenton, and Natalia.
A funeral will be held on February 4, 2023 at Life Story Funeral Home with visitation at noon and the service at 1 p.m. There will be a Celebration of Life in the summer, because Pat always loved a good party. Donations can be made on Pat’s behalf to Michael’s Place and Versiti Blood Center of Michigan.
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