1950 John E. Penner, 92 years old of Freeman, SD, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at a local nursing home. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 am, at the Salem- Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 22 at 1:00pm, with the family present from 5:00-7:00pm, at Walter Funeral Home in Freeman.
John Edwin Penner was born on March 26, 1919, in Lushton, Nebraska, to Jacob and Helena (Epp) Penner. John’s family moved to Henderson, Nebraska, when he was one year old. In 1941, John and his brothers moved to Luton, Iowa, to begin farming. In 1946, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, and later to Omaha, Nebraska.
John was united in marriage to Beulah Graber in Freeman, SD on June 27, 1947. They moved to the Graber family farm at Freeman in 1950. They were blessed with two sons, John and David. John continued farming until he moved to Freeman in 2000.
John served on the District 94 School Board for several years. He was also a member of Salem- Zion Mennonite Church in rural Freeman. He enjoyed working with livestock and loved dogs. They were his constant companions and he taught them many tricks. In his free time, he enjoyed reading books, and you could always find candy and peanuts in his house.
Those left to cherish John’s memory include; sons, John A. (Marilyn) of Sioux Falls, and David (Rosezanna) of West Jordan, Utah; grandchildren, Jay (Malynda) Penner of Freeman, Marissa Penner of Sioux Falls, Blu Penner of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Luke Penner of West Jordan, Utah, Shane Penner of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Melody (Dave) Fox of Moroni, Utah; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha (Herbert) Dalke of Colorado, Helen Esther Penner of California, Erna (Gene) Liermann of Nebraska, and Marie (Bob) Spruel of Florida; and brother, Allen (Wanda) Penner of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Lula Penner of Kansas and Salina Penner of Freeman, South Dakota, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Tina Classen and Elizabeth Penner; and brothers, Daniel and Edward.