John R. "Dick" Penrose

John R. "Dick" Penrose, 84, of Rockford, died Saturday (Dec. 29, 2012) at Swedish American Hospital.

Born Jan. 22, 1928, in Quincy, he was a son of William E. and Maude "Adeline" Mitchell Penrose.

Dick graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 1946. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy.

Dick married Gwendolyn M. Lussmyer on May 22, 1948, who died Aug. 26, 1985. He then married Karen L. Olsen Swanson on Aug. 30, 1986.

Dick worked at Barber Colman as a tool and die maker for 33 years.

He was an active Boy Scout leader for 52 years, receiving the Silver Beaver Award and the Order of the Arrow. He enjoyed golfing and traveling. He was an election judge and a member of the Barber Colman Rifle Team. Dick taught roller skating as a professional roller skater as well as dancing. He also took lessons in Florida to become a better croquet player.

Surviving are his wife, Karen; children, Thomas R. Penrose of Springfield and Karen S. (Douglas A.) Gray of Irmo, S.C.; grandchildren, James A. (Kylene) Gray, Clayton Penrose, Joshua D. (Amanda) Gray; great-grandchildren, Logan, Mikayla, Isabelle and Isaac Gray; stepchildren, Dana Swanson (Skip Gasal) of Oklahoma City, and Todd Swanson of Canton, Ill.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his cats, Jenny and Penny.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Robert R. and William E. Penrose; and his cat, Buster.

SERVICES: 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, with the Rev. Murray Hanson officiating. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.

VISITATION: 5 p.m. until time of service in the funeral home in Rockford.

MEMPORIALS: West Suburban Fire District, 3816 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102 or Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107.

ARRANGEMENTS: Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Rockford.


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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2013