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Michael Penney

Michael Gale Penney of Bakersfield, California passed away 

on August 21, 2021, at the age of 75. He was born in Taft, CA December 27, 1945

to Robert (Bob) and Jerry Steinert Penney.

Mike attended Taft schools and graduated Taft High School in 1964. He also 

received an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College in 1977.

After High School he went to work in the oil fields. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy

in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969. He went back to work in the oil

fields for a short time before joining the Taft Fire Department. He left the Fire

Department and started work with Elden's Drapery and Carpet cleaning where he became 

the manager. After several years with that position, Mike went to work for the Kern

County Veterans Services in 2008. He was a veteran and dedicated VA Representative 

and helping veterans obtain benefits was his calling. In 2013 he retired from the County and 

became self employed as an independent VA Representative dedicated to helping home bound 


Mike was reunited in Heaven by family who preceded him - his parents Bob and

Jerry Penney.

Mike is survived by his wife Robbie Rose Penney, Daughter Cynthia and Louie

Yrigollen, Son Michael and Erin Penney. Sisters Janie and Jim Olafson, and Roberta 

Penney. Grandsons Jonathan Yrigollen, Christopher, Cody, Brandon and Michael

Penney and Granddaughter Allison Yrigollen and six Great Grand children.

Graveside service will be held September 17, 2021, at 9:15  A.M. at Bakersfield

National Cemetery located at 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, CA.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Honor Flight

( or a favorite charity of your choice in Mike's name.

This article originally appeared on Taft Midway Driller: Michael Gale Penney