OBITUARY: Lawrence Penner

Lawrence (Larry, Lodie, Doc) Penner was born on a farm near Halstead on Aug. 27, 1935, to John and Augusta (Schroeder) Penner.

He was the sixth of eight children. While on the farm, he attended a one-room schoolhouse, and when he was 4 years old, his mother died at the age of 29. Lawrence’s father was successful at holding things together with the help of family and Lawrence’s grandfather, who lived with the family. In 1942, the family moved to Newton.

He met Carol Sue Fluke at the Newton roller skating rink, and they were married on July 26, 1959, in Newton. He eventually hired on with Western Electric, and they were transferred to Dodge City. He retired from Western Electric after 32 years of service and then started a second career with Nortel Communications for an additional nine years. He also served several years with the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Lawrence had a lot of interests, including cars, airplanes, radios, bowling and auctions. He was an avid collector of many things. He loved to play golf and watched it on TV. He especially liked to golf with his childhood friends, John and Bill Bevan. He was a longtime member of the Newton American Legion Post No. 2 and loved going out there on a Friday night. He was well known for asking a lot of questions and telling a lot of stories.

He is survived by his sons, Mike (Bob), Tom, Jefferey Todd (Cindy) and Craig; and grandchildren, Jonathon and Anyssa (David). Lawrence also is survived by his sister, Lucille Penner Smith, and brother, Max (Joan).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue; parents, John and Augusta; sister, Bernice; sister, Evelyn Penner Smith, and brother-in-law, Leroy Smith; brother, Vernon; brother, John Henry, and sister-in-law, Dolores Penner; brother, Frank; brother-in-law, Jerry Smith; sister-in-law, Darlene “Jo” Androes; brother-in-law, Jim Paulson; and daughter-in-law, Tanya Penner.

His family will gather with friends for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, both at Petersen Family Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton.

Please join us for a reception following the service at the Newton American Legion to share memories and stories of our dad. Dinner and beverages will be served. One of our dad’s wishes was to have a “free beer night” at the Legion. Please join us to help honor his wishes. The American Legion is located at 400 S. Spencer Road in Newton, KS, 67114, a short drive from Petersen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society or Newton American Legion Post No. 2 and left in care of Petersen Family Funeral Home. Please sign his online guestbook for the family to see.


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