Surrounded by family love, Richard Keith Penney, 65, peacefully bid farewell to this world on Jan. 17, 2013 in the comfort of the hospice unit at Togus VA Hospital. For years, Richard battled heart and respiratory struggles but was always more worried about everyone else. He lived his life with kindness, generosity and great love for those near and dear. Richard was born in Unity, Maine to parents, Helen and Merle Penney, now deceased. He was the youngest of four children and the apple of his mother's eye. Richard graduated from Mount View High School in June of 1966. He dutifully served his country in the United States Army as a combat medic in the Vietnam War and returned home with a Purple Heart. Richard repaired electric motors at Westinghouse Electric in Augusta for twenty years. While physical disability forced him into early retirement it by no means lessoned his desire to give back. Devoted to charity and brotherhood, Richard was a 32-year member of the Oakland Messalonskee Lodge where he ascended to the level of 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a member of the American Legion Decker Simmons Post 51 in Oakland, a lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of the DAV. Richard's greatest joy was being with his family and friends. He recently took on, with great passion, the family genealogy research. He loved the home he shared with Jackie and always enjoyed a cup of coffee on his deck, welcoming all who stopped by. Richard is survived by his wife Jacqueline; son, Scott and his partner Emily daughter Amber; son, Jeremy and his wife Alison; daughter, Jami and her husband Christopher Jandreau; sisters, Marlene Hinkley, Beverly Preble and Barbara Mount as well as nieces, nephews, friends and four grand-puppies. An informal visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at the American Legion Decker Simmons, Post 51, Church St., Oakland with a memorial service following at the Legion. Private burial will be in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta at a later date. Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. Condolences may be expressed and an on-line guestbook may be signed at gallantfh.com The family is asking those who would like to donate to the Aerican Lung Assoc., 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.