Obituaries

Donald E. Penny

January 3, 1930 - November 27, 2017

Donald E. Penny

Obituary

Belvidere, IL

Donald E. Penny, 87, passed away on November 27, 2017 after a long illness. He was born on January 3, 1930 in Belvidere to Harris and Mildred Penny and attended Belvidere schools. He served in the US Air Force and army in Korea from 1954-1956. He was employed by the City of Belvidere Water Department as the town’s only water meter man for over 34 years. On July 22, 1972, he married Vivian C. Conley at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere, raising their two children, Denise and Donny. He was a gentle and loving family man who enjoyed woodworking, gardening, family gatherings and had a special love for animals, especially his Alaskan Malamute and Golden Retrievers. Besides his wife of 45 years, he is survived by his daughter, Denise (Jim) Behling; son Donny Penny and faithful companion, Lucky. Also surviving are his grandsons, Trenton and Landon Behling; niece, Laurie (Bill) White; nephew, John (Veronica) Penny; sister-in-law, Virginia Miller; and brothers-in-laws, James (Helga) Conley and John Conley. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Harris Penny. Special thanks to Gina of OSF Hospice Care and Cathy of Peak Medical Home Care for their loving care of Donald.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Father Kevin Butler of Saint John the Baptist Church in Somonauk, IL. A visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the funeral home, and also from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday prior to the service. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. To share a memory or send an online condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com. A memorial will be established in his name at a later date.

Service Schedule

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the funeral home.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A visitation will be held 10:00-11:00 a.m., prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Father Kevin Butler of Saint John the Baptist Church in Somonauk, IL celebrating.

Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.

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It was a sad day when I read of Don’s passing. Don and Vivian have been
faithful guests at our orchard for over thirty years. They were such a happy and friendly couple and greatly enjoyed our many visits. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his loving family.

Bob Edwards 2017-12-07T00:25:20

We are so sorry for your loss. Roy & Carol Brening

Carol Brening 2017-12-06T17:40:19

Condolences and Prayers to Mrs.Vivian and Family..may Yahweh continue to Comfort with understanding during this difficult time.

Jennifer Hatcher 2017-12-02T06:44:44

My deepest sympathy to you and the family Vivian. May fond memories of your years together bring you comfort.

Gail Spoden 2017-12-01T20:01:46

My sincere condolences, I enjoyed talking to Don when seeing him at the Steam Plant Restaurant, he was always so genuine in his conversations . I will miss his smiles

Edward Marx 2017-11-30T21:34:02

A very nice man! Remember him well! He actually knew my dad very well and purchased daddy’s Ford at the auction we had in 1991 after my dad, Raymond Lane, passed in1990.

Roxan Johnson 2017-11-30T20:44:28

So sorry for your loss prayers go out to family

STella Yielding 2017-11-30T19:33:23

I remember him as he would come to read the water meter at our house and he would visit with our family for a few minutes. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to the family and may he rest in the peace of the Lord.

Kathy (Luetkenhaus) Spack 2017-11-30T19:19:07

So sorry to hear about your loss. He was always nice to us kids and we looked forward to seeing him.

Sheryll Conley 2017-11-30T13:43:16

I’m very sorry to read of the passing of Mr. Penny, my sympathies to all of the families. I will hold you in thought and prayer.

Diane Farina Schweig 2017-11-30T07:05:31

To the Don Penny Family
My thoughts of Don and prayers are with you, I remember his sincere smile and kind words of encouragement and love for his family and friends, he will be missed
May God hold you in his arms in the coming days ahead
In Jesus love Don Harrison

Don Harrison 2017-11-30T06:44:12

I saw Don Penny about 1 yr. or so ago in a restaurant in Belvidere.
Right now I can’t think of the name of it. Him & his wife were in there
eating. I went over & talked to him. We had such a great conversation.
I told him the address where I grew up & he knew exactly where it was located. Yes, he was mom’s meter man! Such a wonderful person he was.
I am very sad to hear of his passing. I was hoping to be able to see him again. I was going to take a picture of him & his wife, & I forgot.
I am so sorry and am praying for the family! Thanks so much for putting
this on here.
We always looked so forward to seeing him when he came to read mom’s meter. I will always remember him.

Julia Irving 2017-11-30T04:35:34

He always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Linda Ball 2017-11-30T04:17:13

So sorry for your loss. I remember him so well. I remember house on Madison Street. I am a proud owner of a beautiful wooden jewelry box that is beautiful and perfect shape that Don made. My mother had it made for me.

Lori Mahan 2017-11-30T03:48:59

Vivian, Denise and Donny, you have our sincere sympathy. Don was always such a pleasant person to visit with. He will have his place in Heaven!

Karen and Rod Snyder 2017-11-30T03:37:09

Vivian, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jack and Linda Neil 2017-11-30T03:12:10

Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your loved one.

Beth Brown 2017-11-30T03:05:13

Always remember as a young girl reading everyone’s meter in town ,he was a kind man ,and always had a smile for you ,He will be missed,My condolences, Thoughts and prayers are with your family

Wendy Pearson 2017-11-30T02:35:06

We will miss you. Gerry remembers going to see the raccoons at your parents place about 70 yrs. ago, Gone but not forgotten,

Gerry & Diane Reed 2017-11-30T02:27:13

So sorry for your loss. I’m sorry I didn’t get to come to visitation, just read this and didn’t no was tonight. What a great man. Prayers to you all.

Lori Turner 2017-11-30T02:22:18

Will miss the morning smile. For ever in our heart. Rest in Paradise Mr. Don.

Linda Cardinet 2017-11-30T02:11:36

So sad to get this news. Don worked with my mom, Lucy Canode, at the water department & Don always showed so much kindness to us both & liked to tease & joke with me. Very fond memories. Deepest condolences to the entire family. Debbie Canode Stacionis

Debbie Stacionis 2017-11-30T02:03:40

My sincere condolences to the Penny family. I distinctly remember him reading our meter on W.4th St back in the early 60’s. He had a holster on his belt and I thought it was a gun! It was just a tool. He was so sweet. God bless you all. Lorel Nilsen

Lorel Nilsen 2017-11-30T00:38:16

So sorry Vivian and Donny for your loss, he was a good man, blessings to the whole family.

Sue Goll 2017-11-29T13:19:55

Please bless Donald Penny and his family, Lord.

Naomi O. 2017-11-29T11:46:47

I remember Don & Vivian coming into Dixie Cream for coffee every day back in the early 80’s when I worked there. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell! He will be missed. Hugs & Prayers sent to the family.

Terri Tilbury 2017-11-29T01:39:09

We are so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man. Your family is in our prayers.

Kristine n Patrick Huff 2017-11-29T01:32:00

So sorry, Vivian, to you and your family. It has been so hard for all of you in the past couple of years. Now he is at peace. Praying for all of you.

Cathy Strawser 2017-11-28T23:45:47

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