Patrick Gerard Penning

With the same gracious warmth and sense of humor exuded in his life, Pat Penning, 54, Lawson, died peacefully at his home, early Tuesday morning, April 17.

Patrick Gerard Penning, known as the family “peacemaker”, grew up the second of eight children in Hermann. His father owned and operated a filling station, while his mother managed the home.

In 1978, Pat married Debbie Gorham. he and Debbie raised Sarah and David, their two children, who are eternally grateful for the love and care that was the foundation of their home. His influence on their lives is deeply engraved.

Pat’s love was unconditional and the spirit of God was reflected in how Pat lived his life and served as a guide for those whose lives he touched. He always thought of others before himself. Pat appreciated the fact that many of you had to bid him farewell in your heart rather than visit the home during his illness.

He is survived by: his wife of 29 years, Debbie; one daughter, Sarah Penning, Richmond; one son, David Penning, Lawson; parents, John and Gloria Penning, Hermann; six brothers and five sisters-in-law, Mike Penning, Columbia, Tim and JoAnn Penning, Athens, Ga., Matt and Cindy Penning, Hermann, Johnny and Leslie Penning, New Haven, Danny and Carolyn Penning, Hermann, Mark and Vicki Penning, Hermann; one sister and brother -in-law, Linda and Butch Antal, Columbia; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: a sister, Cristi Penning; a brother, Thomas Penning; maternal grandparents, Hugo and Linda Neumann; and paternal grandparents, John and Theresa Penning.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests his memory to be honored with contributions or gifts in Pat’s name to the Liberty Hospital Hospice, 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty, Mo. 64068 or the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, Mo., 64105.

A private memorial service for the immediate family will be held Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at the Lawson United Methodist Church. Following the private ceremony, the family will greet extended family and friends for the continuation of Pat’s celebration of life at the North Country Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m.

At a later date, burial will be a private ceremony at the Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Funeral Home.

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