ADRIAN- Gary Penrod went to his heavenly home on March 27, 2017. He was born on August 16, 1929 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Fred and Dorothy Penrod. He was 87 years of age.
He spent four years in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. Although he was not physically able to participate in combat, he was stationed in England and worked in supply. He was the first person on that base to be named Airman of the month. He took great pride in that. He also was able to observe the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
He married Ruth Meads on May 2, 1958 and she survives. The union lasted almost 59 years. The newly married couple moved to Chillicothe, Ohio where he successfully operated two retail businesses.
In 1966 they moved their young family back to Adrian, Michigan to be near family. He spent 23 years working for the Adrian post office. After a severe accident with a mail Jeep, he answered the Post Office phone and resolved many potential conflicts with customers. Since he was a real “people person” he thoroughly enjoyed the contact that he had with his mail customers.
In addition to his wife he is survived by three children, Kirk Penrod (Susie) from Anderson, South Carolina. Eric Penrod (Julie Hamann) of Kankakee Illinois and Jana Penrod of Adrian. He has eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Other survivors are his siblings, Karen Edwards and Faith Penrod of Niceville Florida, Nick Penrod of Crestview, Florida and Lonnie Penrod of San Antonio, Texas.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Penrod. He was also predeceased by his parents and siblings, Marcella Goodacre, Opal Grubb, Arnold Penrod, Leonard Penrod, Eldon Penrod, Helen Penrod and Vonnie Kempf Chase
Visitation will be on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral home in Adrian. The funeral will be at the First Church of the Nazarene in Adrian on Saturday, April 1, 2017, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Sharpe officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with full military rites conducted by American Legion Post #97 and V.F.W. Post #1584 Annis-Fint.
You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers please make any memorial gifts to Adrian First Church of the Nazarene, Madison Church of the Nazarene or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.