Larry Keith Pennington, 80, of rural Camden, MO, died July 22, 2019 at North Care Hospice House, North Kansas City, MO.
Larry was born July 25, 1938 in Orrick, MO, the first born child of Robert S. Clarkson-Pennington and Billie (Cheshier) Pennington. He was united in marriage to Janice Coletta Bellis of rural Camden, MO, on May 17, 1956. She survives of the home.
Larry lived in the Orrick, MO, area nearly all his life and graduated with the Orrick High School class of 1956. He enlisted in the Army Reserve on December 13, 1955 for eight (8) years and received his Honorable Discharge on November 30, 1963. Larry then worked for Culligans, Percy Kent Bag Company and then began work for Western Electric, Lee’s Summit, MO. This company was later known as A.T. & T Technologies and then Lucent Technologies, and Larry retired from Lucent Technologies with 30 years of service in September of 1990. Following his retirement, Larry worked at various funeral homes in Clay and Ray Counties.
After his retirement he helped with the maintenance of the South Point Cemetery grounds. Larry had the talent and ability to “Dowse” for graves and was called upon many times to locate burial sites that had never been marked with a marker. He was also able to tell if the unmarked grave was that of a male or female. “Dowsing” is a talent few claim to have, but Larry was gifted to be able to Dowse for graves with success.
Larry enjoyed fishing and watching the Chiefs football games.
Larry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janice Pennington of the home; his daughter, Cindy (Larry) Cohoon of Carlyle, IL; sons, Alan (Sharon) Pennington of Independence and Andy Pennington and Lisa Hastings of Richmond, MO; a brother, Roger (Marsha) Pennington of Excelsior Springs, MO; aisters, Joyce Stock, Independence, MO, Karen Vandiver, Orrick, MO, Nina (Doug) Courtney, Richmond, MO and Robin (Pat) Cado of Lexington, MO; grandchildren, Heather Pennington, Chris (Krystal) Graves, Kaitlin Pennington, Jennifer (Josh) Lawmaster, Melissa (Josh) Slates, Shelby (Michael) Schlitzer, and Cody (Elizabeth) Pennington; great grandchildren, Austin, Ashlyn and Garrison Cohoon, Tristen and Chevelle Graves, Krysta and Kaleb Crawford, Alex Gaea, Isiach Lawmaster, Matthew and Spencer Schlitzer, Hailey, Kailey and Bailey Pennington.
The family suggest memorials be made to South Point Cemetery Association or The Rock Falls Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Rock Falls Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Mohr officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, MO.