Donald F. Penegor, 83, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at his home in Frankfort, Ky. He was born Jan. 28, 1930, in Ontonagon, Mich., to Clyde E. and Leona Penegor.
His father owned logging enterprises, and he grew up in various lumber camps in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. As a high school senior in 1948, he was a member of the U.P. Champion Ontonagon Polar Bears, the only basketball team in Ontonagon history to go "downstate" to compete in the Michigan state tournament.
He served his country from 1951-53 as an Army staff sergeant in the Korean War. Upon his return home, he attended Michigan State University, where he met Merrilyn Lester on a blind date in 1955.
Donald F. Penegor
They were married June 29, 1957, in Royal Oak, Mich.
He graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture, and his first job was with the Cleveland, Ohio, Department of Parks. In 1961, he and his family moved to Frankfort, where he took a position with the Kentucky Department of Parks.
He was active in the planning of many state parks and resorts, including the Kentucky Horse Park. He was twice made a Kentucky Colonel and was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
After retiring as the director of planning in 1988, he and his wife split their time between Frankfort and Lehigh Acres, where he enjoyed boating, fishing, golf and woodworking, and spending time with his many friends and family members.
He will be missed and loved by many.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Merrilyn Lester Penegor; children, Tom (Belinda) Penegor, Barbara Penegor, Susan (Joe) Warren and Scott (Shannon) Penegor; grandchildren, Carter, Rachael, Keegan, Garcia, Matthew, Christian and Olivia; brother, Robert (Bonnie) Penegor of Brookfield, Wis.; brother-in-law, Jerome Drake of Iron Mountain, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Yvonne; and grandson, Garcia.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 7, 2013, at Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Heart Association.