Merl Everet Penrod

Merl Everet Penrod

Merl Everet Penrod, 95, of Anna, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Integrity Healthcare in Anna. 

He was born on Feb. 11, 1925, in Wolf Lake, the son of Everet and Grace Emiline Ballance Penrod. 

He married Dorothy Marie Lynn on May 26, 1945, in Jonesboro.  

Mr. Penrod is survived by his wife, Dorothy Penrod of Anna; a daughter, Leta Marie Johnson of Belleville; a grandchild, Michelle Lea (John) Kuipers of Clifton; great-grandchildren Benjamin Bradshaw Kuipers and Logan Michael Kuipers; brothers Jimmy Penrod of Troy and Joe (Barbara) Penrod of Anna; a sister, Patty Henson of Jonesboro; other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Merl Leon Penrod; and a sister, Helen Dunagan. 

He was a family man and loved spending time with his family. He was a Cardinals baseball fan. He enjoyed helping others with their farming in his free time. He worked as a switchman for the railroad for 36 years.

Graveside funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Anna Cemetery, with Pastor Jack Richardson officiating. Interment immediately followed.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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