Terrance F. Lennon


Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Juneau resident Terrance F. Lennon, 77, died Sept. 30, 2006, while receiving medical care in Seattle.

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He was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Helena, Mont., came to Juneau in 1932 and attended St. Ann's and Juneau High School. He was the battalion command sergeant major for the National Guard in Juneau, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was the first pilot for the Alaska Air Guard, bringing the first National Guard planes to Alaska.

He married Valera Jean Eggena in 1954 in Pekin, Ill. Together they raised a large family in Juneau. In the 1960s, they purchased property in Tenakee, where they spent time fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors. He was active in the Lions Club and had a particular love for the Gold Medal Tournament. He was a member of the Elks Club, Moose Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobby was thinking about projects in his garage, too numerous to mention.

Family members said, "He will always be remembered for his impishness, love of a good joke and humor under adversity."

He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Teresa Lennon; infant son, Sean Lennon; and sister, Mary Lennon Rudolph.

He is survived by daughters, Gale Lennon Sinnott and Nancy Lennon, of Juneau, Delece Lennon, of Anchorage, and Kandace Dennison and her husband, Michael, of Lacy, Wash.; grandchildren, Sebastian "Tommy" Rodriguez, Jesse Rodriguez, Helena Cannon, Erin and Meghan Sinnott, Shannon DiGenaro, Sean and Katie Dennison and Daniel Lennon; great-grandchildren, Alex Cannon and Brianna DiGenaro; Veronica Rudolph, of Olympia, Wash., Ken and Cherie Rudolph; Charlotte and David Richards; and Joanne Smithberg Lennon, of Seattle.

Pallbearers are Steve Davis, Tommy Peques, Terry Hinkley, Paul Stredicke, Nate Seitz and Marvin Jordan. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Rountree, Stanley Beedle, Bob Peques, Don Brandon, David Richards and Ken Rudolph.

A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed by a military internment next to his wife in Evergreen Cemetery. An Irish wake will commence at 4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge on Dairy Road.

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