Vernon D. "Joe" Penner, 82
COSQUILLE, Ore. – A memorial service was held for Vernon D. “Joe” Penner, 82, of Coquille, Ore., on Saturday, May 4, at Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens, Coquille.
He was born at a Newton hospital and lived in rural Halstead with his family. He was born Sept. 24, 1930, the son of John Jacob Penner and Augusta Evelyn Schroeder Penner. He passed away on April 27, 2013.
He attended school at Pleasant Valley District 47 until sixth grade and then moved to Newton after the death of his mother in 1940. He attended McKinley Grade School in Newton and then Newton High School from 1945 to 1947 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He later completed his GED in 1948. In 1960, he accepted an appointment to commissioned officer and retired in 1971 as lieutenant. He built a home in Placerville, Calif., where he attended American River College and received his associates degree.
He enjoyed woodworking, gold panning, rock collecting and crabbing. He had a great sense of humor and telling corny jokes. He belonged to the Odd Fellows where he served as noble grand, the Elks Lodge Coquille, and served as a deacon at the Coquille Community Christian Church where he was baptized.
He is survived by his wife. Candace Anne Penner of Coquille; four brothers, John H. Penner, Santa Maria, Calif., Frank Penner, Arroyo Grande, Calif., Max Penner, Kansas City, and Lawrence Penner, Newton; two sisters, Evelyn Penner Smith, Newton and Lucille Penner Smith, Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughters, Cathie Nelson, Crescent City, Calif., Karen Robinson, Orangevale, Calif., and Nancy Fortier, Placerville, Calif.; sons, Phillip Penner, Fort Dick, Calif., and Michael Penner, Orangevale, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild’ and four step daughters.
Arrangements made under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service, Myrtle Point, Ore.
Betty Koby, 78
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., – Betty Koby, 78, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died at home on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. She was born June 24, 1934 in Boone County, Mo., to Fred and Ruby Fenton of Columbia, Mo. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1952 and attended the University of Missouri.
Betty married Lloyd Koby in Columbia on July 24, 1954. Betty and Lloyd lived in Kansas, Missouri, Utah, Texas and Arkansas. She was a loving, dedicated wife and mother of two children. After her children were raised, she worked at the University of Dallas Bookstore for 26 years, retiring in 1998. They are members of Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Betty always put others before herself and was regarded by many of her friends as “the glue that held the neighborhood together.” She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
She is predeceased by her parents and an infant daughter. Betty is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lloyd Koby of Hot Springs Village; son, Steven (Linda) Koby; daughter, Stephanie (John) O’Donnell; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; and brother, Howard Fenton.
Memorial was May 14 at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Graveside services at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Sedgwick at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the care of Caruth Village Funeral Home; guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.
Edna Mae Baumann, 97
WICHITA – Edna Mae Baumann Sites, 97, of Wichita, died on May 10, 2013.
She was born the daughter of Jacob Herman Baumann and Augusta Brandenberger Baumann at Halstead Hospital.
Her father was a farmer in Harvey County and she grew up in the Halstead area. She lived all her adult life in Wichita but always wanted to return to Halstead.
Baumann was cremated and will be buried in Halstead Cemetery. There are no formal services.