Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dr. Michael W. Tenpenny, DC

Dr. Michael W. Tenpenny, DC, age 63, of Shelby, died Friday, October 25, 2019 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.


Mike was born December 10, 1955 in Shelby, the son of the late Robert John and Marjorie R. (Broderick) Tenpenny. He was a 1974 graduate of Shelby High School and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Mike spent his career as a chiropractor having an office in Attica for several years and also his main office in Shelby where he was still practicing. Dr. Tenpenny loved his job and cared for many patients over the years, knowing them all personally, and enjoyed practicing.


Mike enjoyed anything outside whether that be raising cows or chicken, cutting wood, or fishing. He enjoyed traditions, music, and fishing trips to Canada where they often played many hands of euchre.  He especially loved his family.


He is survived by his wife: Vicky (Healea) Tenpenny, whom he wed on July 17, 1999, of Shelby; a daughter: Trisha (Joe) Wagner of Shelby; a son: Seth (Melissa) Tenpenny of Minneapolis, MN; a step-daughter: Kimberly (Craig) Duncan of Shelby; 6 grandchildren: Owen, Dylan, Isaac, and Evalyn Wagner and Nathaniel and Levi Sayre; and a great grandson: Braxton Sayre.


Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby and also from 10-11 AM on Thursday, October 31, 2019 prior to the 11 AM funeral service at the funeral home conducted by Sr. Barbara Weaver. Burial will follow in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Beth snd Randy Terman says:

    Trisha snd Family, so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He was a good man who will be missed. Prayers for you all.

  2. John Thompson says:

    Vicky, Trisha, Seth, Kimberly and all your family please know that each of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with your loss of Mike. He was truly one of the most special friends I had throughout my lifetime. From the many years in high school playing basketball to the camp fires and card playing as we moved on with our lives and grew. Those memories will remain special to me and will not be forgotten. He left a lasting impression on me that I will never forget. He was committed to his practice, but always made time to take care of his family, his home and his friends. What a loss, but know the memories you all have of Mike will remain with you forever. Cherish them and and hopes are they will help you through these trying times. God be with you during these most difficult times.

    John and Tina Thompson

  3. Melody Heydinger, DC says:

    So sorry to hear about Dr. Tenpenny’s passing. Prayers for all! I’ve always heard great things about Dr. Tenpenny.

  4. Jeanette Brown says:

    To Mikes family, I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike was a great chiropractor who helped me so much with my aches and pains when I wouldn’t let any one else work on my back I could count on Mike. He will be missed by so many. Over the years he became a friend we talk about gardening, plants, eggs and what ever was happening that day and the grandchildren if a new picture showed up. May God give you comfort so you can heal from your loss.
    Jeanette brown

  5. Mindy Utz says:

    Debbie & Mike, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I love you.

  6. Julie A Bashore says:

    Dr. Mike was a wonderful man. He was the greatest chiropractor, (besides his Dad). He was honestly a caring person. My whole family went to him for many years. We truly loved his “honey”, that he always told me the girls collected. May he rest in peace. He truly was a man blessed with a wonderful family. My prayers are for all of you today and in the days to follow.

  7. Ord Dunn says:

    I was shocked to hear of the passing of Mike. I graduated with Mike and his passing brought back fond memories of playing euchre, fishing and other activities during our senior year of high school. During the past 45 years I lost contact with Mike, my father would fill me in on his life. I wish I would have reconnected with him during visits to my parents. I my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be missed. Ord

  8. Tamara S Blamer says:

    Prayers to you and your family. I’ve known Mike since I was a little girl. He was a wonderful man and great chiropractor. He will be greatly missed.

  9. Rosemarie Cline says:

    Trisha & family I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. He was a very caring man. He will be missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Diana Nolen says:

    My favorite memory of Mike is when he was 8 or 9 years old, he would ride his bike up and down the alley behind our house on Sharon St, his face covered in freckles and with a mischievous grin.

  11. Linda Turner says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. He was a great doctor and friend. He will be greatly missed by many people. I pray that God gives you great comfort.

  12. Linda Smith and family says:

    Mike was a great brother, uncle and son to our mother. I always teased him that he was “her favorite” He had many friends and genuinely cared about people. I have many fond memories of growing up with my little brother. He was dealt a nasty deal when it came to his health. Now you can rest in peace, Mike. You earned your place in God,s arms. XXOO

  13. Randi DeGray says:

    Dr. TenPenny was a good trustworthy man. I valued his opinion and trusted every word he told me. Every time I would visit him at his office he would always talk to me about his family. It was evident his love for them. He was such a caring Doctor. After every adjustment he would walk me to the door hold it open and give me a smile before I left!
    He was just my Doctor, but left a big impression on my heart ♥️
    My heart and prayers go out to his family. May the Lord comfort you and peace be with you all.

  14. Sydney Smith says:

    Also survived by his loving sister Linda Smith.

  15. Bob kinsey says:

    So sorry for your loss just was at the office last week. He was a great neighbor to my mom and dad. Alway taken care of are family. Rest in least my friend

  16. Bethany Sobers says:

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Mike’s passing. He was a great chiropractor, who cared about his patients and always took time to talk with them. He will be greatly missed! Sending thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time.

  17. Chelsie M. says:

    My grandfather and father had been seeing Dr. Tenpenny for as long as I can remember. As an adult I also went to him. He always asked me about my family and was very genuine! I wanted to share the story of the last time I went. We talked about me being a single mother. And how I quit my full time job to become a part time waitress, so I could go to college. My grand plan to be a nurse practitioner. He told me that was wonderful and when it came time to pay him, he said just give him $20 and we will call it even. He said he wanted to give to my education to better myself. He was my favorite chiropractor not only because he did a great job, but because he was such a kind hearted, caring man. He will be missed by many! Sending all my love to his family!

  18. Pat Weaver says:

    No matter how bad you were hurting, Dr Tenpenny always made you feel better, with his skill and humor. Will miss him.

  19. Jennifer Bell says:

    Linda Smith, I am so sorry to learn of the sudden passing of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort and strength in the many memories.

  20. Paula Ross says:

    To the Tenpenny family, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We lived up the street from Mike as kids & had a lot of fun running around in those days. Mike was a good friend & Doctor. He cracked my neck after a car accident & it cleared my headaches. Have been forever grateful to him for that. This isn’t goodbye just see you later Mike.

  21. Craig green says:

    I’m sorry to hear about this. Kind of shock to me cause such a nice guy. I was to him sometimes when my mom was living for treatments. He was such a great guy and going to miss calling him once in a while to talk with him. I’m here for you if you need someone to talk you.

  22. Whitt Family says:

    Dr. Tenpenny was an exceptional healer, and a friend. I cant count how many times I would crawl in the door of his office, and walk out with a smile on my face. He was a very compassionate and friendly soul, who will be missed by the countless lives he touched. My absolute deepest condolences to his family at this time of loss. I know that Mike is dancing in Heaven, and if there is fishing in heaven then all bets say he has already got a line in the water..God Bless.

  23. Barbara Tenpenny says:

    I want to extend my condolences to the family. I met Mike a long time ago. I was married to Jerry Tenpenny. Jerry passed away 2 years ago from Agent Orange. I loved the whole Tenpenny from Ohio. When they would come to Wisconsin there were great times at the Jacque farm (who couldn’t love Aunt Ruth and Uncle Harry). There now is another Tenpenny in heaven with the angels. God Bless all of you.

  24. Roy T Sexton says:

    Sorry about his passing. I just seen him last week! I wish he was still around.

  25. Vickie Fuller says:

    Dr. Tenpenny was my chiropractor for years also my sister‘s chiropractor (Sonja), he never let you leave his office feeling bad my prayers go out to his family I’m sure it was a great loss, not only to the family but to the community as he was a great chiropractor. He always had a smile on his face. I even saw a tear in his eye one time as he new I was hurting and though he fixed me it was rough, that’s how much compassion he had for his patients. RIP ❤️

  26. Dirk Roberts and Roberts families says:

    Doc was a amazing guy.Like many you went to him when you were in so much pain.He always made time for you.Just hearing his voice made you automatically feel better.He always asked about you and your family.The city of Shelby will sure miss this man.Rest in peace Doc.
    Dirk Roberts

  27. Martie Russell says:

    Condolences to the family. I have been using Dr. Tenpenny for 30+ yrs. Was just the a week ago for my hip. About 13yrs. ago I went for an adjustment & Doc told me I needed a surgeon! BEST thing I ever did! BUT who has EVER heard of a chiropractor recommending you see a Surgeon!? Going to be greatly missed in our community. RIP DR. TEMPENNY

  28. Allyn Ross Wise says:

    Mike and I shared our love for football. I have known him since high school. I remember watching him playing basketball. We kept in touch and he was always kind and caring. I will never see the Packers without thinking of Mike. My sympathy to all of Mike’s family.

  29. The Wellman Family says:

    To the Tenpenny Family. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to you all. Our entire family were patients of Dr. Mike’s for over 25 years. He was an amazing chiropractor, he always had a smile on his face even though he had his own medical issues, he always made sure to stop and listen and gave the best adjustments to get his patients out of pain. He will definitely be missed by us all. RIP Dr. Mike.

  30. Amy Brown says:

    To Mike’s Family,

    sympathy and prayers being sent your way. I remember growing up with Mike, our fathers spent many fun times hunting together in Michigan.

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