Donald Penuel, 87

Donald Penuel, 87, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Oct. 16, 2016, at the Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance nursing center in Millsboro, Del. He was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Frankford, Del., to the late Coard and Ruth Hudson Penuel.

After high school, Penuel entered the U.S. Army and served with the 452nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion. He married his sweetheart, Genevieve, and together they raised three children. He retired from Showell Farms as an inspector.

Penuel loved word searches, taking drives and rabbit hunting. He enjoyed socializing and visiting friends and was devoted to his family. He was a private man and very polite. He also loved sweets. And he knew exactly when the fresh Tastykakes were delivered. He had to get there early to get the best stuff before it was picked over.

In addition to his parents, Penuel was preceded by his beloved wife, Genevieve, in 2013, and a son, Jack “Rick” Donaway, in 2010. He is survived by his daughters, Sherry Ann Hudson and her husband, Lin, of Dagsboro, and Dawn Truitt and her husband, Mike, of Selbyville, Del.; a sister, Ruth Ann Moore, and her companion, Jack; his beloved grandchildren, Brandon Donaway and his wife, Holly, Chad Hudson and his wife, Megan, Shane Truitt and his wife, Michelle, and Jennah Truitt; seven great-grandchildren, Collin, Rylee, Kyle, Logan, Makenzie, Jaxon and Lanie; and many extended family members and friends.

A chapel committal service was scheduled for Oct. 21, 2016, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Rev. Chuck Reynolds. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to VITAS Hospice; 100 Commerce Dr. Ste. 302; Newark, DE 19713, or to Delaware Veterans Home; 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd.; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at