Denis Denny Lee Petitjean

April 11, 1943October 23, 2013
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Denis L. “Denny” Petitjean age 70, of Yuma, Arizona and formerly of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 10:39 P.M. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his residence. Denny was born April 11, 1943 in Russia, Ohio to the late Alpha & Ruth (George) Petitjean. Denny is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn (Berger) Petitjean whom he married February 1, 1969; daughter & son-in-law, Chanda & James Brown of Versailles, Ohio; son, Shane Petitjean of Versailles, Ohio; grandchildren, Sierra Brown and Jamee Brown; great-grandchild, Cameron Brading; brothers & sister-in-law, Bob Petitjean of Middletown, Ohio, Carl & Joyce Petitjean of Prospect, Kentucky and Bill Petitjean of Marengo, Ohio; sister, Doris Dorner of Wapakoneta, Ohio; brother-in-law, Leon Freeman of Maumee, Ohio; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Joan & Carl Langenkamp of Yorkshire, Ohio, Shirley & Leroy Cordonnier of Versailles, Ohio and Debbie Berger of Beavercreek, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Denny is also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronnie Petitjean and Lee Edward Petitjean in infancy; sister, Joan Freeman; father-in-law & mother-in-law, Joseph & Luella Berger; brothers-in-law, John Dorner and Kenny Berger; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Petitjean. Denny served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Denny retired from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18 of Dayton, Ohio where he was a heavy equipment operator. Denny was a member of the Elks Lodge in Yuma, Arizona, American Legion in New Bremen, Ohio, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Covington, Ohio, and the Painter Creek Motorcycle Club in Painter Creek, Ohio. Denny was a former member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, November 4, 2013 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles, Ohio with Military graveside services conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Darke County Cancer Association.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 4, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 4, 2013

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Sam and Cinda George

November 7, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. Keep the precious memories close to your heart.

Ron and Norma Bruner

November 6, 2013

We were looking over all your pictures and brought much sadness to us. Denny was a fun loving husband and a great father. A wonderful friend with a kind heart. He loved his family and he was a friend to all. Marilyn we will keep you and your family in our prayers and know that we loved him. May God bless you and keep you all in His Heart. We love you!

Janet Mong

November 4, 2013

Marilyn and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Denny's passing. May God watch over your family and guide you thru this most difficult time. My Thoughts and Prayers.

virginia brown

November 3, 2013

Marilyn, Chanda and Family, Shane,

I am so sorry for your loss, the grief isn't any less if death comes suddenly or slowly. May he be at peace now.
Virginia Brown

Jim & Marilyn Werling

November 3, 2013

Marilyn and Family, Sorry to hear of the passing of Denny. We send our deepest smypathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.May he rest in peace.
Jim & Marilyn

November 3, 2013

Marilyn and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Denny many years ago in school. Prayers for you and your family. Sandi Litherland

Jim and Marelyn Mayo

October 31, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Marelyn

Marty Ahrens

October 30, 2013

Marilyn and family
Sorry to hear of Denny's passing. Our
thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marty & Dennis Ahrens

Paul George

October 28, 2013

Marilyn & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May he rest in peace.
Paul & Rose

Stacy & Dan Grisez

October 28, 2013

May your heart & soul find peace & comfort in the days & weeks ahead. Extending our condolences to your & your family.