Edward J. Penney, 89, of Coleman, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Toni and Trish House. Ed was born in Midland on Jan. 22, 1924, to the late George and Millie (Draves) Penney. He graduated from Midland High School in 1942 and attended Michigan State University
for six weeks on an agricultural scholarship. On Jan. 26, 1946, Ed married Clara Moe in Midland. After nearly 58 years of marriage, Clara preceded her husband in death on Dec. 25, 2003.
The Penneys were dairy farmers in Midland County until 1973 when they moved to Coleman and continued farming until 2002. After retirement from farming, Ed became a huge gardener, raising vegetables and taking great pride in his flowers all around the property, his specialty being giant sunflowers. Ed and Clara were inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame for Farmers. Ed was a lifetime member of the FFA. He was an avid fan of the Tigers, MSU football and basketball, rarely ever missing a game. He loved to feed and watch the birds, listen and dance to classic country music.
Ed is survived by his six children, Judy Kiser, Sharon Roberson, Carla Wilson, all of Midland, Deb Patten of Grand Rapids, Doug (Cathy) Penney of Coleman and Ray (Carol) of Barryton; adopted son, Dave (Jackie) Geeck of Coleman; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers; three sisters; sons-in-law, Russ Kiser, Wilbur Roberson and Larry Wilson.
The family would like to express great gratitude to Dr. Robert Jones and his staff. Also the nurses on floors 3 and 5 for the wonderful care of their dad. And a special thank you to Rochelle and Caitlin Geeck for spending the late nights with their Grandpa Ed.
Funeral services for Mr. Penney will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, from Faith United Methodist Church in Coleman, with The Rev. Caroline Hart officiating. Interment will be in Midland Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be offered to Faith United Methodist Church or the Toni and Trish House. Personal messages of condolence to the family may be offered at www.wilson-miller.com