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David F Penner Family Gathering  

David F Penner Family Gathering
David F. Penner (1903-1984) Obituary from The Messenger, March 23, 1984 David F. Penner 1903-1984 David Penner, dearly loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was born at Didsbury, Alberta on October 27, 1903, the first child of Peter M. and Mary Penner. When he was three years old the family moved to Manitoba, and he has made his home in the Landmark and Lorette area ever since. Dad was baptized upon the confession of his faith and received into the membership of the local Evangelical Mennonite Church in 1925. May 16, 1926 Dad was united in marriage to Helen Reimer, daughter of Rev. Henry R. and Helen Reimer. Eleven children were born to them, of whom all but Anita grew to adulthood. This union was abruptly terminated just over a year ago when Mother died. Our parents lived in the village of Lorette for six years where Dad operated a garage and a John Deer and Case dealership. After this they moved to Landmark to farm. Through the difficult years Dad struggled to provide for his large, growing family. This was often frustrating, but he was rewarded in his later years, when he often expressed thankfulness for his family. Dad served the community as councilor for many years, being instrumental in getting the first gravel road through Landmark. He was also innovative when he established a factory in Landmark, involving his family in the puffed wheat industry. Several times recently he recounted how his father had to find a name for the school district, and he had suggested Landmark to his father, who then registered that name, which has remained to this day. In November 1983 he joined the Gideons. His declaration of faith remains filed at their head office in Guelph, Ontario. Dad and Mother spent 17 winters at National Mills in the lumber and pulp business. These were enjoyable, busy years where a visit from the Shantyman Missionary resulted in an instant church service. Our parents enjoyed travelling, especially after they were older and could stay South for a part of every winter. Dads health was good until the fall of 1982 when a tumour in the lung was found to be malignant. After radiation treatment, his condition stabilized. During the last year, when he was asked to pray, he would usually ask the Lord to give him strength to get through another day. God heard his prayers and sustained him for 404 days after Mother died. In December of 1983 Dad had an attack of shingles which caused him a great deal of pain. He spent 12 days in the Arborg Hospital, but he never totally recovered. For two weeks he made his home in Maplewood Manor in Steinbach, where he especially enjoyed the company of his cousin, Frank Toews. January 16 Dad was admitted to the Bethesda Hospital because of difficulty in breathing and general pain. A week later, January 23, the hospital phoned the family to say he had taken a turn for the worse. His sincere prayers for recovery were not answered, but his prayers for forgiveness and trust in God give us the assurance that when he closed his eyes on this world he opened them to a better place, where there will be no more grieving or pain. He leaves to mourn his ten children and their spouses: daughters, Elnora and Arno Kroeker (Arborg); Evelyn and Dan Giesbrecht (Landmark), Mary and John Barkman (Regina), Caroline and Peter Loewen (Arborg); and sons, Stan and Rosemarie (Landmark), Henry and Donna (Dufresne), Wes and Ruth (Landmark), Winston and Viola (Landmark), Leonard and Hettie (Landmark), Ken and Helen (Lumsden, Sask.). Also mourning his death are 35 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his brothers, Abe, Walter, Norman and Archie, and his sisters, Hazel and Ruby, and many other relatives, friends and acquaintances. Preceding him in death, besides his wife Helen and daughter Anita, were his parents and his sisters, Caroline and Tina. We will miss our conversations with our father; his brilliant mind and outstanding memory added sparkle to the topics discussed. However, we would not have wanted to keep him here to endure more suffering, when the Lord said it was time to go. We are confident his spirit is reunited with his Maker, and with Mother, whom he missed so much. Wile Dad was also a man of strong will, before he closed his eyes in sleep he would ask that if he should die before he woke, that Jesus would take care of his soul. And so it was that January 25, 1984, at about 8:30 p.m., while in his last sleep, he quietly stopped breathing and the Lord took him home. The Children ? Related Links David F. Penner biography Back to Children of Peter M. Penner. David Penner, passport photo. Source: Leonard Penner, Landmark, Manitoba David Penner, age 16 at Gretna School, 1920. Source: Elnora Kroeker, Arborg, Manitoba Newlyweds David Penner and Helena nee Reimer, May 16, 1926. Source: Elnora Kroeker, Arborg, Manitoba David F. Penner, about age 12, circa 1916. Source: Caroline Loewen,

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