Ronald William Penn

May 18, 1948 - February 27, 2012

Ronald William Penn went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 27, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Ronald loved fishing, gardening, his dog Lilly , but most of all his cherished family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elena Penn and one brother Joseph Penn. He is survived by his wife, Nora Elizabeth (Smith) Penn; son, Ronald J. Penn; daughter, Amy R. Penn and daughter and son in law, Melanie and Shawn Carter. He is also survived by his much loved grandchildren, Ronald J. Penn Jr., Joshua Penn, Nicholas Grabar, Molly Grabar and Logan Carter, daughter in law, Shelly Barry, special friend, Chrissie Farrell, and many extended family members. Ronald’s family is honoring his wish to not have any funeral services, as they said their goodbyes in private on Monday evening at the hospital. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Gardner Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at

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Lynn DeHart

Willis, VA
February 29, 2012

Nora and family -- I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very special man --always smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you guys.


United States
February 29, 2012

my love for ron was very deep he was like a father to me i was blessed to have had him in my life and i will miss him deeply my heart goes out to you and your family because all of you are very much loved by me i was very blessed to have had him in my life he may be gone but he will always be with me in my heart and his spirit will be with me forever love you very much

Deborah Carter

February 29, 2012

Nora and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Ronnie. You and your family are in my prayers. Sincerely,

Nanette Johnson

Fort Mill, SC
February 29, 2012

Dear Nora and Family, We are all so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers. Nanette Johnson and family

Sue Banks

March 01, 2012

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you and comfort you. Love to you. Sue Banks

Clara Martin

Woolwine, VA
March 01, 2012

Dear Nora, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's death. You are one my favorite buddies from FCHS--always loved visiting you in ISS. My condolences to you and your fine children and grandchildren.

Sandra Cupp

Haddon Heights, NJ
April 14, 2012

Nora, I was looking at some pictures and there was one of Ronnie and Walt taking the fishing boat off the car. I Googled his name and was so sad to see his obituary. It seems like only yesterday we were kids and having fun. Walt passed away in 2009 and it has been very difficult. I am glad you have your family and friends to help you through this. Please know I am thinking of you both. Sandy