Timothy Leroy Penzien

Timothy Leroy Penzien

April 2, 1958 – October 9, 2022

Timothy Leroy Penzien passed away peacefully in his home October 9th, 2022 after an eight year battle with Lewy Body dementia and Leukemia. 

He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Diana (Di) of 30 years; Children: Cara (Chad) Binkley; Jacob (Angie) Penzien; Gary (Amy) Penzien; Elizabeth Penzien; Jamie Penzien; Henry Penzien; Benjamin Penzien; Nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; Siblings: Marcella Robinson, and Jonathon (Debra) Penzien.

Tim was a graduate of Imlay City High School in 1976.  He continued after graduation working on his family’s farm, which he started helping with at age 5.  His work ethic and desire to take care of family led to him enlisting in the Army at age 27.  He led a very distinguished military career to include:  Special Forces, Military Intelligence Linguist, Airborne ranger, with three tours in Iraq.  Furthering his education was a personal goal he fulfilled along the way completing his Bachelors degree in 2003.  He retired after 22 years of service and continued in his same field of work as a civilian.  He also enjoyed his time as a member of the VFW where he was post commander for 4 years. 

He led his life as a Godly man.  Enjoying all life had to offer.  He lived and raised his family in Europe for over 20 years while serving his country.  While traveling he enjoyed exploring diverse local history, culture, cuisine and yes, Beer.   Although his illness would prevent him from returning to his true passion of farming, he did dabble through the years with his personal garden and enjoyed sharing farming stories with his children and grandchildren. 

Tim’s boisterous and mischievous laugh was contagious.  He had a great sense of humor.

A memorial and military service will be held in Michigan at a later date this Fall.  The family requests donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org)

The Penzien family gives its sincere thanks to all who stood by them in Tim’s last years.

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