James C. Penney

Born: Fri., Jan. 29, 1926
Died: Mon., Jun. 29, 2020


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Jul. 02, 2020
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Obituary Notice for James C. Penney WWII Veteran US Navy (1944-46) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ James C. Penney “wit-sy-ky-kun” an enrolled member and life-long resident of the Umatilla Indian Reservation left this earth of natural causes at the age of 94…on June 29th, 2020 in his home. He was born in a tipi on January 29th, 1926 in Thornhollow, Oregon…to Hiuse (Annie George) and Heyumetelekartset (George Penney). He attended grade school at St Andrew’s, and later Riverside and Chemawa Boarding schools. “J.C.” joined the US Navy at the age of 17, and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII aboard the aircraft-carrier USS Casablanca. After earning service & combat medals and an Honorable Discharge, he returned home to the Umatilla Indian Reservation and became an active, life-long member of the George St. Denis American Legion Post 140, where he was well-respected by his fellow veterans. Local jobs consisted of Harris Pine lumber mill, a firefighter with the Umatilla Agency BIA, and one of Yellowhawk’s earliest A&D Counselors. He was an Indian-preneur, who managed his own business ‘Penney Reforestation.’ An annual participant of Round-Up & Happy Canyon (carried in as a baby), he lived in the tipi village, danced in the arena, and rode his horse through many parades (and a few taverns too!). JC was an outstanding athlete. He played football, basketball and baseball for the infamous Mission Indians; and competed in golf and bowling tournaments all across the west. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, wood-cutting, camping, fantasy sports, and gambling…he was even in three movies: Pillars of the Sky, Sioux Uprising and Paint your Wagon. He married LoraLee LaCourse in 1948 (whom passed in 2018) – after sharing nearly 70 years together while raising three children: Greg Penney, Stephanie Olsen and Candice Settle. Grandchildren include Travis Olsen, Jennifer Dalton-Brom, Jakob Settle, Antonio Pacheco and James C. Penney II; great-grandchildren include Aaden, Silas and River Brom, Colt Olsen and J.C. Settle. Survived by sister Joan Watlamet. Preceded in death by brothers Frank and Alex Shippentower, Lester Penney, and sisters Joan Penney Burnside and Viola Penney Wocatsie. To say the least, JC was well-known, admired and loved by hundreds of family and friends, near and afar. Outdoor Catholic services will occur at St Andrews Mission on Thursday, July 2nd at 10 am. Please bring a mask, and follow all social distancing precautions.

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Ištáapakšpam - David Cole Filkins
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
I enjoyed all the years of golf I got with this gentleman! He was a kind spirit, and willing teacher! He will be missed!

Harold Halfmoon
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
I would like to offer my condolences to JC's family. JC and I are old acquaintances from long ago. After a long life here in this world, the good Lord felt it was time for JC to step over to the other side. Rest in Peace JC!

Cathy Sampson-Kruse
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020

A Dream in Pink was sent by Eagleheart-Sampson-Kruse family.

Levi and Helen Morrison
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
We will always have fond memories of JC and his antics during Round Up when he rode his horse in the parade. He was always smiling and shared memories. True gentleman.

Mike Carden
   Posted Thu July 02, 2020
Our deepest condolences. Have many fond memories growing up and Uncle JC taking me dishing and hunting. Always wish we could of visited more. He will be deeply missed. Always enjoyed his letters at Christmas.

Dave Webb
   Posted Fri July 03, 2020
Really sorry to hear of JCs passing. Always enjoyed seeing and talking with him

Bruce Campbell
   Posted Sat July 04, 2020
Many, many, many very fond memories of JC. I feel most fortunate in having him as a part of my life! My condolences to the family!

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