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Obituary for Donald Lee Hennessy

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Donald Lee Hennessy

January 1, 1949 - February 24, 2012

Donald L. “Sonny” HennessyDonald L. Hennessy passed away peacefully in his sleep after a short battle with cancer on February 24, 2012. He was 63 years old. Donald was born on Jan 1, 1949 in Ogden, Utah to Donald T. and Virginia L. Hennessy. He was the first baby of the year. Donald was raised in Ogden graduating from Ben Lomond in 1967. He was then drafted into the army and served in Vietnam. On March 1, 1973 he married Ann Biddle and had four children. They later divorced. In April 1995 he married Velma LeDeau. They later divorced. He enjoyed watching the game show network, bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting and attending the Ogden Raptor games. On February 25, 2001, Donald bowled his first 300 game and on November 9, 2011 he celebrated 21 years of sobriety, both of which he was extremely proud of. He worked 30 years at HAFB and retired in May of 2006. He also worked at the Clinton and Riverdale Wal-Mart until the time of this death. Donald had a unique laugh and sense of humor that we will all miss. He is survived by his children B.J. (Tanya) Hennessy, Virginia “Ginny” Hennessy (Ed Salazar, Bryan Hennessy (Britnee Wakley), Reggie Hennessy, grandchildren, Devin, Michelle, Dallas, Jaxsen, Savana, Cade, E.J., brothers and sisters; Donna (Bruce) Wayment, John (Nancy) Hennessy, David (Diane) Hennessy, Patti Hennessy, Sue Hennessy and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and one niece. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. Family will greet friends on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. and Friday prior to the service from 9:45~10:45 a.m.Interment will be held at Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, where Military Honors will be accorded. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Friday, March 2, 2012

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Friday, March 2, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Date: Friday, March 2, 2012

Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch


1718 Combe Road , , Ogden, UT,

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Born: January 1, 1949
Died: February 24, 2012

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Ann B Thomas posted on 3/3/12

To my Dear Sweet Children, The hard part is done. Now the difficult times begin. With time your pain will ease but your memories will live on. Your Dad was a Good Man. He left many good memories in our hearts. The days you were all born he was as proud as a peacock. He couldn't wait to announce it to Family, Friends and Bowling Buddies. I have a son! I have a daughter! I have another son! And another! He loved you with his whole heart. And I know he wants to see you all grow to your Great Potential and raise those babies to the same! You will see him again someday don't forget it. And teach your little ones the same. Remember the GOOD TIMES as a Family and singley with your Dad. There were many GOOD TIMES!. Stay strong and stick together! HUGS AND SUNSHINE! Love you MOM. To Donalds Dear Brothers & Sisters, You have lost a good Brother. He was a Super Good Man. You have tons of memories. Keep them close to your hearts and smile when you remember. He is happy now and free of pain. I know he is with your Mother, Father, Wendy and extended family. Thanks for being there for the Kids. I know they appreciate you and all your help through this hard time. You do have Strong Family Ties like Diane said. You were all so easy to fall in love with when I married Donald. I could see how close you all were. We all had great laughs and memories througout the years of Camping, Fishing, Bowling, Ball Games and many more occasions. The cousins continue these traditions and hopefully will for many more years. Thankyou for your Compassion and Love and helpfullness throughout this difficult time for Donald's and my ChildrenPeace be with you. Love Annie


Dennis Thomas posted on 3/3/12

I am so sorry for you greif and pain, it will slowly ease. Most people have good qualities and bad one, may you remember him for his good ones and let the others fall to the side, an not became burnders of yours. Remembering the good memeriors, good time, good laughs it is alot funier anyway. These fond memeriors will stay will all your life, so that means your Dad will be will all you life.Thank you for let me be part of all yours lifes. Love Dennis with heavy a heart for you


Cris Eddington posted on 3/2/12

I have so many fond Memories of you donald, I remember well that you threw a sparkler on the ground after it went out in your back yard, then I came along barefoot and stepped on it, burnt the heck out of my foot. I told Aunt Virginnia you did it on purpose! she knew you didn't, but she made me think that she believed me so that I could feel better about it., you and I bowled two times together you thought I could learn, but after a while we knew it was a futile effort. Baseball at our family reunions were a blast with you and the rest of the kids, I will never forget you. Love your Cuz


Maye Bothwell posted on 3/2/12

Dear Dingy Donna and Family,I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I lost my brother a little over a year ago, so know what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Gary and Tina Baker posted on 3/2/12

Dear Donna and Family, I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother and loved one. I new Donald a little when we were all a lot younger. I was a teenager in Junior high school when I took over the job of dish washer from Johnny at the Star Noodle Parlor. Donald was a regular hangout at the Star during those years for obvious reasons. The whole family I think worked at the Star at some point, but (mom) Virginia was the Star attraction. I have fond memories of all those days and stayed in touch with the family most of my adult life by eating dinners at the Star with of course Virginia as our waitress. My mother Jean Baker (god rest her soul) was also friends with the family. I know Donald had a crush on my sister Cheri who also worked at the Star Noodle. Donna used to babysit my sister and I when we were children. We have reconnected with Donna and Bruce through our cabin home ownership at Manor Lands, Utah in the Unita Mountains. I know you will all miss Donald very much. I wish we would had got to know him better. Please give our condolences to all the family. Love Gary and Tina Baker


shawn and janny seifert posted on 3/2/12

To all the family, our hearts and prayers are with you all at this time. We wil all miss him very much, but he left everyone he touched with great fun memories, especially in wendover trips, he was a smile to everyone. All our love shawn and janny


Kim Strebel posted on 3/2/12

Sony , we used to have a blast bowling n telling Jokes you will be missed It was always a good time . Our prayers are with your family at this time Kim


Terry Smart posted on 3/2/12

I appreciate the time I had working with ,Don. He was a great bike builder and always willing to help adjust a bike or put bikes back into the rack.I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. My deepest sympathy to all his family. love, Terry(from Toys) at the Riverdale store


Kelly Hollon (Wheatley) posted on 3/1/12

I will always cherish the memories with Donald. He was always so happy to hang around and play ball with, hide and seek till the wee hours of the night. I will remember those great days up the Canyon, and staying weekends at your house with the Patti and Susie and Donald was always there, hanging around and playing with us (harassing us, and playing tricks on us). I wouldn't have it any other way. You will be missed. Now you are with so many other family members who passed before. Now you are home. Love you always Donald.Kelly


Jan Bain posted on 3/1/12

I was (am) deeply saddened to hear of Donalds passing. all you will be in our thoughts & prays. I also put you on our prayer list at church. I 've been through this with both my parent passing . Hold all the good memories you have alive in your hearts. Have many memories myself. One in particular was in 1983 when Dave retired from the service. We retired in Ut. Donald & his then wife Ann opened their home to my family. 4 children, myself & Dave. I always felt , very comfortable, right at home. Prior to leaving Austin Texas I received a call from Donald asking if I would like a puppy, I said sure! What a joy he brought to our home ! Donald had picked a name (Tuxedo) but said upon out arrival, we could change it if we wanted 1 looked at her, & my answers was, No Way! It was fitting & appropriate, as he was black overall & a little white right on his chest area. I had owned many dogs prior, but not 1 of them was quite as smart! I actually taught him to talk, Oh yes, dogs do talk! he would say Please, Thank You, I Love You on command. We of course took him upon moving back to the midWest., by then he was14, He seemed to handle the trip fine over all & after about a year later he succomed. Had to have been the saddest days of my life! I will always cherish the many memories made, I still have a photo they had professionally made for us hanging on my wall today. Rest in peace my dearest friend! Sincerely, Jeanette


Mary Telford Waugh posted on 2/29/12

You will be missed. God bless your family and ease their loss.


Patti posted on 2/29/12

To BJ, GInny, Bryan, Reggie and grandkids, My heart goes out to you at this time, I know the hurt you fill right now and you fill it will never change. You are right but remember day by day it gets just a little easier but you will never forget him. Your father Love each and everyone of you so very much, and was proud of you please always remember that. I will always be here for you if you need me all you have to do is call. And to my brother I will always carry you in my heart I love you very much, and I will miss you Your baby sister Patti


Fran & Pete Johnson posted on 2/29/12

I rememner the doughboy pool in the driveway. I would toss donald in., We always had a good time. I loved bowling with him. Donald was always help;ful and fun to be with. I will miss you my cuz


Bryan Hennessy posted on 2/28/12

Dad, I will never forget all the things that you have taught me, how to ride my bike, bait a hook, clean a fish, gut a deer. I will always remember our fishing trips to East Canyon and all of the other places we went. Im never going to forget when we were in Yellowstone and you went cliff diving into the river, I was thinking that you were crazy. I remember the time that we were at Raging Waters and me and you were going up the hill with the sleds to go down the slide. The sled was a little too heavy for me so you carried it up most of the way, and Bruce Lindsay was behind us and he told me what a good dad you were for carrying it up the hill for me. I always looked forward to the golf tournaments in Wendover. We had so much fun sitting at the blackjack tables and you telling me how crazy I was for betting the way that I did cause I was winning. I was so happy to see you bowl your 300 and that you were able to watch me and B.J. bowl ours. You made so many friends throughout all the bowling alleys in Ogden. I love and miss you dad Bryan


Britnee Wakley posted on 2/28/12

Donald, The first time I meet you I instantly rescpected and loved you. You and Bryan were the ones to take me to my first raptors game. When bryan left to catch his foul balls, you said to me, "Now that he is out of the way lets get to know eachother". We had so much fun! On Christmas when you handed me my card i looked at the envolope and by god you had my name spelled right. I was shocked nobody besides my mom, dad, and sisters in my 30 years has ever gotten it right and you did without even being told. Thank you for the time I was able to be a part of your life, wish it could have been longer. Rest in peace I love you and I will truly miss you. Britnee


jaydene gallo posted on 2/28/12

donald, you are going to be very missed, my childhood would not have been as wonderful as it was without you, and the whole family, my fondest memories of you was the year i bowled with you and sue, our family reunions up ogden canyon playing baseball enjoying laughs, and chit chat i remember coming to your moms and sitting down to a good dinner. there are so many memories i can think of cant write them all down, i am so blessed in my life to have had you as a cousin, rest in peace my beloved cousin.


George Soter posted on 2/28/12

you will be missed my brother,,,,,,,,Now you are home, rest peacefully everything will be alright


kevin posted on 2/28/12



Reggie Hennessy posted on 2/28/12

Dad, So many times I spent with you created alot of memories the first one one my first year up hunting we were getting ready bj yells out " reggie I droped your tag in the fire" next thing that came out of my mouth " FUDGE " next thing I hear was you yealinng at mr " What you say "...... the second was when u picked me up to go golfing just me and you I played my best round ever up to that point. I guess I should play with a hurt back more offton.... I will miss the golf tournament trips to wendover and the family taking one blackjack table DAD I LOVE YOU......YOUR SON REGGIE


Ginny Hennessy posted on 2/28/12

DadI know we drifted apart these last few years and was not as close as we used to be. I regret that so much. Most of all baby E.J. did not get to know you and that hurts so bad. We will always come visit you and E.J. will know who you were and what a Great Grandpa you was. All my memories of you are great. You helped me so much through all my hard times and I never got to tell you Thank You! Ed and I appreciate everything you have done for us. You will be in our hearts forever. I Love You! I miss You! Your Daughter Ginny


B.J. posted on 2/28/12

Dad, There are many many memories I have. There was the time you took me fishing on the ogden river when i was very young and i caught my first fish on my own. The times we spent hunting up at east canyon, fishing on east canyon creek, golfing in wendover, and many other times at various bowling alleys. You taught me many things but the thing that i took most from you was your sense of humor. I'm going to miss our lunches up at the house on my lunchbreak from work. Even though they were brief I'm glad i came up for those short visits. I remember the last thing you said as I left the house on friday when my lunch break was over. You said "See ya on Monday?" I said "yup i will be here". You don't know how bad I wish that were true. Love ya DadYour son B.J.


Michelle Salaazar posted on 2/27/12

I remember when Papa you took me to dance. We were driving down the riverdale round a bout. We drove past CozyDale Drive, I laughed at the name thinking it was funny. I told you its called Cozy Dale be cause the sun always shined there. Eveery time we deovre past it whether you were babysitting, running aarons.. You would always point smile and say " Whats that road right there?" I laughed and said "Cozydale!!!" Then you would sneeze in your car and i also laughed because it was so very unique! I used to say "wait did you just say horsecrap while you were sneezing?" You said "NO! why would I do that?!" We argued over it for long amounts of time. I miss you Papa, Rest In Paradise! (: Love you. <3