Lawrence Fenner

LAWRENCE A. FENNER, 91 ROCKFORD - Lawrence A. Fenner, 91, of Rockford, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Crimson Pointe, with his daughters by his side, following a short illness. Larry was born March 28, 1921, in Milbank, S.D., the son of Otto and Alice (Stromme) Fenner. Graduated Sterling High School in 1942. He was inducted in Sterling High School Football Hall of Fame in 1940. He married Glenys D. Cullen on May 19, 1946, in Sterling. Larry was employed as a manager for the National Tea Co., from 1939 to 1947, except while on active duty. He became a manager for the Piggly-Wiggly Grocery store from 1947 to 1954, and then started working in data processing at W.F. and John Barnes Co., in Rockford. During that time, he held the position of Treasurer for the Employee Credit Union, as well as, Secretary of H.O. Perlee Chapter Credit Union. After working 25 years he retired in 1979, and then enjoyed working part-time for Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home. Since 1955, Larry was a very active, longtime member at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He was involved with numerous activities such as, the Men's Club, served as President of XYZ, the choir, Finance committee, Lutheran Layman's League and the Couples Club. He served as an Elder and a Trustee, was a board member of Christian Education, was a Sunday School teacher and led many Bible studies including first year confirmation classes and Men's Bible Study. Larry enjoyed the Lutheran Hour and Synod Conventions and took his family along as a vacation to the cities where the conventions where held. He was very active in the Rockford Noon Lions Club and has received many awards and plaques over the years. Larry was a veteran of World War II serving in the Navy. He enlisted in October 1942 at Sterling in the Naval Air V-5 program. He attended supply school in Boston from September 1943 to February 1944. His was assigned to the USS Markab AD-21 out of San Francisco. This assignment lasted until March 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Larry participated in campaigns in the Marshall Islands, the Philippines, Shanghai and at the Japanese surrender Leyete Gulf. Following his release from active duty, Larry joined the naval reserves for 33 years. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Navy Reserve Medal, Philippines Liberation Medal, China Theatre and American Theatre Medals, and Asiatic and Pacific Campaign Medals. As a reservist, he was selected as the outstanding Navy Reservist of the Year and recipient of the prestigious Robert Crown Award. He and Glenys were members of the Forest City Squares Square Dancers. He enjoyed gardening. He conducted a Bible Study at the Grand Victorian of Rockford, while he lived there and was involved in Bible study and Chapel Service since 2008 at Crimson Pointe. Larry is survived by two daughters, Susan Lindquist of Cherry Valley and Sandra (Ron) Bakkelund of Rockford; five grandchildren, Monica Lindquist of Euless, Texas, Melissa (Edward) Gattoc of Euless, Holly (Daniel) Reilly of Machesney Park, Sarah Bakkelund and Chad Bakkelund, both of Rockford; three great-grandchildren, Landon, Luke and Logan Reilly; two sisters, Helen McHugh of Portland, Ore., and Betty Duis of Concord, Calif.; brother, Eugene (Lois) Fenner of Elgin; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Glenys in 2008, son-in-law, Forrester Lindquist; sister, Bernice Lansford; and half-sister, Ella Hiepler. The family would like to thank Crimson Pointe staff, Vitas Hospice staff and especially Dr. Peter Phelan and nurse Julie. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Redeemer Lutheran Church, 827-16th St., Rockford, with the Rev. Stephen Klemp, pastor, officiating. Cremation will take place following the service with private family burial in Oak Knoll Burial Park, Sterling. Visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the church, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rockford Noon Lions Club or Swedish American Foundation/Senior Passport. Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere. To express condolences online please visit

Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013