Clarence Penner, 86, died Dec. 1, 2020, at the Village Assisted Living in De Smet. A funeral was held Dec. 4 at Faith Mennonite Church, rural Iroquois. He was born May 29, 1934, to Issac and Maria Ensz Penner near Inman, Kan.
Dad gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized into the church of God in Christ Mennonite on April 17, 1949. At 14, he came to South Dakota. He married Betty Toews on May 26, 1957, at Inman, Kan. In 1985, they purchased a farm north of Iroquois.
They were blessed with five sons. When the youngest son was 19, they learned he had cancer. Through his sickness and death in 2003, Dad learned a new level of trust, leaving us with many good examples. Dad prayed for us daily and often spoke of the need of a Savior.
Throughout his life, he raised sheep, fed cattle and farmed grain, keen on improving his farming methods and efficiency. He placed confidence in his boys and let them make decisions especially while he helped with the beginning of the congregation’s parochial school.
Dad enjoyed serving on the church building committee, and both Dad and Mom found pleasure in serving at the Rochester Mennonite Guest Home for ten months.
His family really appreciated his acceptance of his recent life and the limitations it brought. He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Lonnie (Carolee) and Bruce (Quinda) of De Smet, Roger (Elsie), Bridgewater, Md, Duane (Brenda), Iroquois; daughter-in-law, Sue (Les) Reimer, Coon Valley, Wis.; one brother, Abe (Clarabel), Iroquois; two sisters-in-law, Pearl Ensz, Moundridge, Kan. and Clara Toews, Hillsboro, Kan.; twenty-three grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were one son, Verle; one sister, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law and one grandchild.