Obituary: Joseph D. Penner

Joseph D. Penner, 90, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at Kidron Bethel in North Newton.

He was born on August 11, 1927, in Newton, the son of Daniel and Marie Boese Penner.

Joseph was raised in the Burrton area and graduated from Bethel Academy.

He married Florene Viola Riesen on Sept. 15, 1949, at the Grace Hill Mennonite Church in rural Newton. They lived in the Burrton area for over 40 years before settling in North Newton in 2010. Florene died on November 29, 2014.

Joseph worked as a machinist in Hutchinson at the Cessna Fluid Power Division which would later become known as the Eaton Corporation.

He was a longtime member of the First Mennonite Church of Halstead and active with the Etcetera Shop in Newton and the American Diabetes Association.

Survivors include his children Janet Kaufman and husband Roger of Bel Aire, Teresa Yost of Wichita, and Michael Penner and wife Janice of Wichita; brother Donald Penner of North Newton; sister Carol Claassen of Potwtin; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Memorial services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018, at the First Mennonite Church of Halstead.

The casket will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m.

A memorial has been established with the First Mennonite Church of Halstead and Kidron Bethel, and contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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