Paul G. Penney

WINNEBAGO – Paul G. Penney, age 88, of Winnebago, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at United Hospital in Blue Earth. A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Winnebago, with Father Peter Klein, officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Friday at the church.

Spencer-Owen Funeral Home of Winnebago is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Paul was born March 9, 1926, in Winnebago, the son of George and Helen (Froelich) Penney. He was raised in Winnebago, where he graduated from Winnebago High School in 1944. He then entered the U.S. Army during WWII and served overseas. At the end of the war, he returned to Winnebago where he began working at Roerig Hardware. He was soon married to Maxine L. Nelson on Aug. 19, 1947, in Winnebago. Paul began farming northwest of Winnebago just over the Martin County line. He farmed for many years and later worked for Loveall Construction as well. Paul was a member of the Winnebago American Legion and was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting and collecting antiques and old railroad memorabilia, especially railroad lanterns.

Paul is survived by his wife, Maxine Penney of Winnebago; his sons, Doug (Jan) Penney of Prior Lake, Jeff (Mary) Penney of Eden Prairie, Greg (Connie) Penney of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Steve (Carol) Penney of Highland Village, Texas; his daughter, Pam Holm of Winnebago; his sisters, LaVonne Maertens of Montgomery, Ala., and Rosemary (Stan) Riggs of Alamo, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Francis Penney; a grandson, Ryan Penney; and one infant great-granddaughter, Kylie Marie Thoren.