Clarence ‘C.E.’ Penninger

By on November 7, 2013

Clarence “C.E.” Penninger, 72, of Kaneville, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at his home.

Clarence was born May 6, 1941, the son of Clarence and Lois (Boyd) Penninger in Anna, Ill., where he attended local schools before graduating with the class of 1959.

Clarence enjoyed being a member of the Boy Scouts of America during his early years.

Clarence was introduced to a young lady by the name of Lois Hardy (nee Slavik) by mutual friends. On Jan. 23, 1970, the two were wed in Aurora. The newlyweds made their home in Kaneville, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

Clarence and Lois enjoyed the wind in their hair, and you would often pass them on the road while they were enjoying motorcycling or riding bicycles. The couple also enjoyed taking hiking trips together. Clarence and Lois wintered for 11 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Clarence worked for Caterpillar for 30 years before retiring in 1996.

Clarence was a long time member of the Kaneville volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for the department. He was also a member Kaneville Men’s Prayer Group. Clarence was a devoted member of Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lois Penninger; son, Kenneth (Terina) Penninger of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Katrina (David) Winograd, of Mattoon, Ill., and Pamela Click of Metropolis, Ill.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Susan Hase of Anna; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence is preceded by his parents; and his daughter, Jenny Penninger.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, with a funeral service to celebrate his life beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Kaneville Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the “Kaneville Fire Department” or “Village Bible Church.” Checks may be made to the organization and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at