Charles "Chuck" Freeman Pennington

October 15, 1942 - August 1, 2014
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Charles “Chuck” Freeman Pennington, 71, passed away on Friday August 1, 2014 in Sacramento, CA following a brief illness. Chuck was born on October 15, 1942 in Modesto, CA to parents Reverend Roy and Emogene Pennington. He was a loving husband, great father, and special “Papa Chuck” to his grandchildren. An only child he also leaves behind numerous cousins whom he considered the brothers and sisters he never had. From the thousands of phone calls, texts, and Facebook messages, the family has received; we know that he also will be missed by many friends, former employees and professional colleagues.

Chuck spent his life as a funeral director. A noble profession he worked in for 52 years. Starting in his late teens he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and worked for many years in California before purchasing Betts Funeral Home in Wenatchee, WA which he owned for 15 years. Upon returning to California he worked as a manager and executive with national funeral service companies SCI, Neptune Society and Smart Cremation. Still working at the age of 71 he was the VP of Operations for Smart Cremation at the time of his death. He will be remembered by those he worked with as a leader, mentor, inspiration and one who was dedicated to his profession, the people he worked with and to the families which he served.

He is survived by his wife LaDonna Pennington and their (his little girl) precious Bichon Abby of Scottsdale, AZ and four children; Scott and Julie Pennington and their children Spenser and Garrison of CA. Steve and Trina Pennington and their children; Josiah, Priscilla and Husband Reed Burr and Micah Pennington of E Africa. Susan and Husband Eric Thomas and his children Emma and Brian of WA. Jennifer Pennington and her children; Tyler, Anthony, Nathan, and Xavier. Step Children, Brian and Cammie Bigham and their children; Payton and Preston of WA. Lori and Christian Tudor and daughter Joanne of CA.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents Reverend Roy and Emogene Pennington and his Bichon Son, Andy.

A Memorial Service celebrating Chucks’ life will be held at New Life Church in Alamo, California on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Chuck will be laid to rest near his parents at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA in a private service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Chuck’s name to A/G World Missions, Africa’s Hope – Account #682769 Class 50, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 – www.giving.ag.org.

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Born: October 15, 1942
Died: August 1, 2014

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Tom Gratny posted on 10/8/14

To the entire family, I express my deepest regrets. As you may know, Chuck was a great friend and he will be missed by me and others. For those who knew him, this is a great loss. For those who didn't know him, an even greater loss. Bye, Chuck Chuck! I guess lunch will have to wait.


Loretta Wideman posted on 8/8/14

My prayers are with my dear friends who will miss Papa Chuck. May Jesus give you comfort during this time.


Karen Carter posted on 8/8/14

Super guy who educated me on many best practices in the funeral industry. Loads of fun and always stirring stuff up just for some laughs. He and I had conversations about Modesto as I was raised there. Appreciate the obituary on Facebook too. Blessings to the family.


Max and Ophelia Yeary posted on 8/8/14

Great memories of Chuck when we were students at Bethany University. He was best man at our wedding. Later, he was part of the church we were at in Fullerton, CA. We cherish the lunchtime together recently in Lakeland, FL. Max and Ophelia Yeary


Gay & Tom Freeman posted on 8/8/14

Hard to believe..... So sorry. The Freeman's


Curt & Mary Nicolaisen posted on 8/8/14

We are so sorrt. All our sympathy and prayers. Hugs.


Dennis & Joan Horack posted on 8/8/14

We were privileged to know Chuck through the marriage of Scott to our daughter Julie, and we were blessed to share grandchildren Spenser and Garrison as well. He was an amazing person who loved his family and life itself. He is in heaven experiencing what we who remain here can only imagine. Prayers and comfort for you all as you go through this difficult time. He will be missed greatly!


Thomas Henderson posted on 8/8/14

ill never forget the Pennington motto. GIGO. Much love .


Marie Bustamante posted on 8/9/14

My Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you, Scott and your Family .. I never met your Dad .. But heard he was an Awesome Man and Funeral Director, which is where you must have gotten your Skills from.. I know you were always a Mentor to me..Much Love.. Forever in your Hearts and Soul.. Marie Bustamante


Marlene McIntire posted on 8/9/14

I am so going to miss my favor-rite brother. I love you and miss you.


David and Sharon Robrahn posted on 8/9/14

May God comfort you as you go through this life event.


John Olson posted on 8/19/14

Peace be to Chuck's memory! I am thankful for the good memories!


Dave and Dianne Anderson posted on 9/8/14

Wonderful Memories! Opening of the football season was just not the same without our discussions. Condolences to the entire family. Chuck is truly missed.


Paula Schanbacher posted on 8/8/14

Suzi,Scott,Steve, Jennifer and family....I was so sorry to hear about Chuck. He was an amazing guy. My heart goes out to each of you, and I will keep all of you in my thoughts through this difficult time. Paula