Dorris E. Penrod

Dorris E. Penrod

Dorris E. Penrod, 93, of Dongola, died  at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1927, in Dongola, the son of Ellis E. and Iva B. Johnson Penrod.  

He married Mary Elizabeth Hill on April 16, 1948.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 2013.

Mr. Penrod grew up in Dongola, working on the family farm from a very young age.  

He left to serve his country with the U.S. Army at the end of World War II.  

Mr. Penrod moved his young family to St. Louis to pursue a career at the National Stock Yards.  Despite the distance, he went back to Dongola every weekend to run the family farm. He was an expert cattleman at the stockyards for 38 years.  

He knew horses well, knew dogs well and knew people well. He had a long list of customers throughout Illinois and Missouri who valued his extensive knowledge of the livestock market and depended on that knowledge to buy and sell livestock.  

He was a colorful storyteller and everyone will all miss his funny sayings.  His devotion to his wife and family was a true example of what a man should be. A real cowboy has been lost.

He is survived by his two daughters, Debra (Kenneth) Whitlow of House Springs, Mo., and Beth (Lawrence) Horvath of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Michael (Jen) Whitlow, Scott (Jodi) Whitlow, Cynthia (Tim) Hecht, Timothy (Lisa) Whitlow, Elissa (Todd) Albert and Eric Horvath; six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Noah, Myla, Ava, Kayleigh and Hudson.

Besides his wife, Mr. Barnhart was preceded in death by his parents and by two sisters, Marella Kaufman and Mary Belle Morgan.

Family and friends were asked to gather for graveside funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Friendship Cemetery, with Jason Forby officiating.  

Military honors were accorded by the Illinois Honor Guard and local veterans.  Interment took place at Friendship Cemetery.  

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Dongola was in charge of arrangements.

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