SHERMAN – Monroe Penick, 91, of Sherman passed away at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Dexter, Mo., the son of James Monroe and Ida Belle Fowler Penick. He married Jean Carol Snook on Aug. 5, 1950, in Mexico, Mo.
Mr. Penick was employed by the Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. in the communications department for 34 years and was regional supervisor at the time of his retirement in 1981. He resided in Mexico until he was transferred to Springfield in 1970, and then he lived in Sherman.
He attended Dexter public schools and St. Louis University. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon, and was active in other volunteer work. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and spent three years in Australia, Okinawa and the Philippines. As a reservist, he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War in January 1951. He served at Fort Riley, Kan., until September 1951, when all reservists were released.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth Hampton.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Penick of Sherman; sons, Mark Andrew Penick of San Antonio; a niece; and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 220 S. Second St., with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Radtke officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, at Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, with the Rev. Joel Krueger officiating.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Ore.