Howard Harmon Fenn

Howard Harmon Fenn

August 10, 1929 - July 16, 2011

Howard Harmon Fenn

August 10, 1929 - July 16, 2011


Howard Harmon Fenn, 81, of Mission Viejo, CA. passed away on July 16, 2011, while recovering from hip surgery. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 10, 1929, the only son of Clare and Agnes Fenn. He married Dorothy Karin Robertson January 31, 1959. She passed March 20, 2010, following a long illness.

A longtime resident of Orange County, CA, Mr. Fenn was a graduate of Assumption College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Notre Dame before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1952. After receiving a commission from Officers Candidate School at Ft. Sill, OK, Second Lt. Fenn was honorably discharged in 1954 after two years of active duty.

In the late 50s Mr. Fenn began a long-term career as an Orange County probation officer. A diligent worker and dedicated family man, he supplemented his income by taking secondary employment at Disneyland, Angel Stadium, and the Anaheim Convention Center. When Orange County was awarded their own NHL franchise he enthusiastically became a season ticket holder and 13 years later watched the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup.

Mr. Fenn and his family were original parish members of St. Kilian’s Catholic Church of Mission Viejo. Howard was a daily communicant for many years until his health intervened and was proud of the connection between his alma mater and his faith.

He will be remembered for his love of church and family and is survived by his three children, Deborah Fenn, Patricia, and Roderick Fenn of Mission Viejo; one son-in-law, Jerald; one grandson, Ian; and two granddaughters, Mallory and Alana.

Vigil/Rosary services will be held at O’Connor Mortuary Friday, July 29 at 7:00 P.M. where friends may call. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, July 30 at St. Kilian’s Church at 10:00 A.M. with a graveside service immediately following at Ascension Cemetery.

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1 responses to Howard Harmon Fenn

  1. My prayers and deepest sympathy are extended to Howard’s family. As a teenager, I worked for his parents at Fenn Drug Store in Ann Arbor, one block from the U of M Hospital. His parents were very nice to me. While visiting in CA in 1974 and called Howard, at the request of another mutual friend, Howard graciously took me to see Msgr. Warren Peek and also gave me instructions to visit his mother in Laguna Hills. I remember chuckling about driving instructions in CA, it’s not how many miles, blocks, etc., it was, as he said. “About 20 minutes.” I had no clue where I was going, but he was absolutely correct and I was thrilled to visit with Agnes. I know Howard will be sadly missed.

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