Phillip Joseph Pienta was born September 8, 1950 in Jackson, Michigan to Tony and Vivienne Pienta. One of five children, Phillip joined the United States Air Force immediately after high school and started his military career with a tour in Vietnam. Phil married the love of his life, Linda Sue Dees on August 19, 1972.
Their family became complete with the births of their children David Anthony Pienta and Jennifer Joy Pienta Tucker. He served 26 years in the military, retiring in 1995 as a Senior Master Sergeant. Phil then went to work as a government contractor for 20 years. He volunteered much of his time at Bluewater Elementary where he was recognized as Volunteer of the Year! Other volunteer activities included the Bargain Box at Crosspoint. He was always positive and encouraging to others. Phil always had a smile on his face and an infectious laugh. His motto was always “life is good!” Phil dedicated his life to service before self. Phil was a Godly man and brought joy to so many people.
Phil is survived by his wife Linda Pienta, his son David Pienta (Rachel), daughter Jennifer Joy Tucker (Josh), granddaughters Lily and Ashley Tucker and his three brothers – Mike (Teri), John (Cathy) and Robert Pienta. He is preceded in death by his parents Anthony & Vivienne Pienta, his sister Patricia Pletcher and his brother-in-law Harry Pletcher. Phil will be remembered and celebrated by many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, Florida, and celebration of life service will be held at Crosspoint United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, Feb. 7th at 10 a.m. with interment to follow immediately after at Heritage Gardens Cemetery. A dessert reception will be held immediately following the interment in the fellowship hall at Crosspoint United Methodist Church.