Carl B. Penner, 94, of 360 S. First Ave. died Friday [July 15, 1983] at the Odd Fellows Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Groseclose Garden Chapel. Rev. Chuck Hindman of the Pioneer United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer United Methodist Church or Walla Walla Historical Society, of which Penner was a member.
Penner was born Jan. 4, 1889 in Seattle to Henry and Emma Hagen Penner. He moved to eastern Washington from Seattle with his parents when he was 7 years old, before Washington was a state. He married Edith Lee on Feb. 4, 1914 in Walla Walla. She died last year.
Penner farmed in Clyde, Ritzville, Starbuck, Dayton and Waitsburg until he retired in 1948. In addition to the Pioneer United Methodist Church and the Historical Society, he belonged to many clubs and service groups. He was a leader in developing the Fort Walla Walla Museum complex to preserve early-day agricultural machinery.
Penner is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Saranto of Walla Walla and Leora Bates of Arlington, Wash.; one son, Jack Penner of Dayton; 2 sisters, Alice Ashley of Renton and Anna Leid of Kennewick; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin, July 17, 1983
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman