Andrew was born Sept. 29,1921, on the Penning family farm, the son of Gregor and Mary Reith Penning. He lived his whole life, except for his years in the service, on the family farm. He was very proud to accept The Century Farm Award at the 2010 State Fair.
He served in the 40th Engineers in Africa and Europe during World War II from 1942-45. He was very happy to go on a family "Honor Flight" to the World War II Memorial in 2009.
On June 9, 1947, he married Vitalena Thommes at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Together they raised 10 children. He retired from farming in 1984, but stayed active helping Bill and Greg wherever he could for many years.
He loved keeping busy mowing with his favorite lawn mower. He also loved to play cards, do jigsaw puzzles and read westerns. Vitty died Feb. 12, 2011, after 63 years together.
Andrew was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Knight of Columbus, V.F.W. Post 5347 of Granville.
Survivors include his children: Bill and Nancy Penning, of Granville, Steve Penning and Steve Cole, of Ajijic, Mexico, Randy and Laurie Penning, of Minnetonka, Minn., Mary and John Leonard, of Le Mars, Paul and Carole Penning, of Houston, Texas, Cindy and Dave Kinney, of Sioux City, Joe and Terri Penning, of Austin, Texas, Shelly and Don Kohoutek, of Sioux Falls S.D., Greg and Gina Penning, of Granville, and Jeanne and Jim VonArb, of Huxley; 17 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Angeline Goebel, of Worthington, Minn.; sisters and brother-in-law, Katherine and Cletus Dreckman, of Le Mars, Joan Thommes, of Omaha, Neb., and Dorothy Tillotson of Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his wife Vitty; one son-in-law Jerry Anderson; brothers and sisters and spouses: Lawrence and Annie Penning, Nic and Liz Penning, Vincent and Florentine Penning, Ed and Ann Penning, Raymond Penning, Emma and Joe Sauer, Cora and Joe Schlichte, Florence and Mike Block, Leo and Anna Marie Penning, Caroline and Joe Klein, Mercedes and Al Beckmann, and Margaret Penning; brothers and sisters-in-law Odilo Goebel, Magnus and Leona Goebel, Bill Thommes and Don Tillotson.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville with the Rev. Richard Ball officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetary in Granville with graveside military services. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Friday). There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m., followed by a Litany Of The Saints led by the Knights of Columbus, and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville.
Casket bearers will be his six sons: Bill, Steve, Randy, Paul, Joe and Greg Penning.
Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.