Raymond Arthur Penner

Age 75, of Lansing, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 7, 2011.  He was born on November 30, 1935 in East Lansing to Arthur and Dorothy Penner.

He is survived by the love of his life for 50 years, Nancy; sons, William (Faith) and Michael (Laurinda); granddaughter, Nicole Penner and grandson, Jared Penner; stepmother, Marge Penner; and sister-in-law, Barbara Penner of Florida.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Penner.  He was dearly loved by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and many friends.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army.  He was formerly employed with Fisher Body Corp., Diamond REO, Lindell Drop Forge, St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, and was a custodian at Resurrection School.

The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 5-8 p.m. Monday where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of The Resurrection, 1505 E. Michigan Ave. at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011 with The Rev. Fr. William J. Koenigsknecht as Celebrant.  The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Ray would prefer contributions to Resurrection St. Vincent de Paul or to the American Heart Association.

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Carolyn & Ronnie Hall
April 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

Nancy,Bill, & Mike & Family, My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I would never have thought when Ray left us down here that it would be the last time I would see/talk to him. Nancy, he took such good care of you. He always talked about you & his sons & family. We always had such a good time with him & never knew what he would come up with next. He had to get back at ronnie & leave a parting thought – 4 +1. The guys always had fun – campfires at Renata’s & Ken’s, conversations at liz/harry’s house & whomever called & said come see us tonite!. We do not know what God’s plans for us are, but someday we’ll all know the answer. Ray is with God now & is keeping a good spot up there for all his family/friends. You all know, I have loved u guys for over 40 years.

DuWain & Armilla Simon
April 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

Dear Nancy, We were shocked to hear the sad news shortly after we got home from FL. Our hearts are aching for you and your family. We always the times we spent with you guys and the Kromers. Just know that we’re thinking of you.

Larry Leece
April 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Nancy and family,

Our deepest condolences to all of you. Ray was an inspiration to those of us that needed a perfect example of how to be a husband and a father. It was an honor to have known him.


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