Lawrence A. Fenner, 91, of Rockford, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Crimson Pointe with his daughters by his side following a short illness. Larry was born on March 28, 1921 in Milbank, South Dakota, the son of Otto and Alice (Stromme) Fenner. Graduated Sterling High School in 1942. He was inducted in Sterling High School Football Hall of Fame in 1940. He was married to Glenys D. Cullen in Sterling, Illinois on May 19, 1946. Larry was employed as a manager for the National Tea Co. from 1939 to 1947 except while on active duty. He became a manager for the Piggly-Wiggly Grocery store from 1947 to 1954 and then started working in data processing at W.F. and John Barnes Co. in Rockford, Illinois. During that time, he held the position of Treasurer for the Employee Credit Union, as well as, Secretary of H.O. Perlee Chapter Credit Union. After working 25 years he retired in 1979, and then enjoyed working part time for Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home. Since 1955, Larry was a very active, longtime member at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He was involved with numerous activities such as, the Men’s Club, served as President of XYZ, the choir, Finance committee, Lutheran Layman’s League and the Couples Club. He served as an Elder and a Trustee, was a board member of Christian Education, was a Sunday School teacher and led many Bible studies including first year confirmation classes and Men’s Bible Study. Larry enjoyed the Lutheran Hour and Synod Conventions and took his family along as a vacation to the cities where the conventions where held. He was very active in the Rockford Noon Lions Club and has received many awards and plaques over the years. Larry was a veteran of WWII serving in the Navy. He enlisted in October 1942 at Sterling in the Naval Air V-5 program. He attended supply school in Boston from September 1943 to February 1944. His was assigned to the USS Markab AD-21 out of San Francisco. This assignment lasted until March 1946 when he was Honorably Discharged. Larry participated in campaigns in the Marshall Islands, the Philippines, Shanghai and at the Japanese surrender Leyete Gulf. Following his release from active duty, Larry joined the naval reserves for 33 years. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Reserve Medal, the Philippines Liberation Medal, the China Theatre and American Theatre Medals, and the Asiatic and Pacific Campaign Medals. As a reservist, he was selected as the outstanding Navy Reservist of the Year and recipient of the prestigious Robert Crown Award. He and Glenys were members of the Forest City Squares Square Dancers. He enjoyed gardening. He conducted a Bible Study at the Grand Victorian of Rockford, while he lived there and was involved in Bible study and Chapel Service since 2008 at Crimson Pointe. Larry is survived by two daughters, Susan Lindquist, Cherry Valley, IL; Sandra (Ron) Bakkelund, Rockford; five grandchildren, Monica Lindquist, Euless, TX; Melissa (Edward) Gattoc, Euless, TX; Holly (Daniel) Reilly, Machesney Park, IL; Sarah Bakkelund, and Chad Bakkelund, both of Rockford; three great grandchildren, Landon, Luke and Logan Reilly, two sisters, Helen McHugh, Portland OR; Betty Duis, Concord, CA and a brother Eugene (Lois) Fenner, Elgin, IL and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Glenys in 2008, son-in-law, Forrester Lindquist, sister, Bernice Lansford and half-sister, Ella Hiepler. The family would like to thank Crimson Pointe Staff, Vitas Hospice Staff and especially Dr. Peter Phelan and nurse Julie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rockford Noon Lions Club or Swedish American Foundation / Sr. Passport.
Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 25, 2013 in Redeemer Lutheran Church 827-16th Street Rockford, IL with the Rev. Stephen Klemp, pastor, officiating. Cremation will take place following the service with private family burial in Oak Knoll Burial Park, Sterling, IL. Visitation 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. . Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home 218 W. Hurlbut Av. Belvidere, Illinois.