Thomas Patrick “Pat” Pennell decided it was time to join his wife in heaven on November 7, 2021.
Pat was born on June 10, 1945, to Thomas A. and Montana “Sis” (Moore) Pennell. He was the apple of his mother’s eye.
He attended Boys Central and Butte High. At 16 he decided school was not for him and went to work at Badger Mine. Mining became his main occupation. When he turned 21, he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Special Forces Unit in the Vietnam War and returned home February 1968. He went back to working as a heavy equipment operator and bartending at Met Tavern and Thompson’s Corner.
He loved football (Green Bay Packers), baseball (New York Yankees), golf, and anything outdoors (fishing, hunting, and trapping). Everything his father taught him, he taught his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed meeting up with his childhood friends for the yearly Labor Day Golf Tournament.
He married the love-of-his-life, Judy, on July 27, 1968. They later found out they had known each other as kids. They were together for 49 years and welcomed three children: Pam, Tom, and Dawn.
Pat is survived by his children, Pam Pennell, Tom (Mindy) Pennell, and Dawn Pennell; grandchildren, Bo (Kylee) Berge, Justina Pennell, Jada Berge, Mason, and Kohlter Pennell.; sister, Maureen Pennell; brother-in-law, Chuck (Kris) Nylund; nephews, Nick (Kay) Previsich, Steve Previsich, and Erik Nylund; and numerous friends that are family.
Thank you, Dr. Serena Brewer, Dr. Shawn Yates, and the amazing staff at Copper Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Veterans or Shriner’s Hospital.
Dad, we love and miss you. Thank you for being the best dad.
A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, December 4th at the Met Tavern, 1375 Harrison Ave., Butte, MT 59701.
Please visit below to offer the family a condolence. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Pat.