Robert "Bob"'s Story
Mr. Robert ("Bob") Penrose entered his heavenly home Friday morning, Oct. 6.
He was born Sept. 28, 1922, to Francis M. and Mary A. (Starner) Penrose, in Goshen.
He married Alice May Gates Nov. 25, 1943, in Goshen.
Bob is fondly remembered as a fun-loving, ornery guy with a great sense of humor. Bob grew up in Goshen and graduated from Goshen High School in 1940.
He retired as a bookkeeper from Lechlitner Motor Sales in Goshen. He worked for Goshen Sash and Door as a frame assembler before entering the Army. After the war, he drove a bread route for Honeycrust Bakery.
The family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1957, where he was employed as a milkman for Valley Gold, and later became business manager for Belvue Christian School. He also moonlighted as a collector for the Grolier Society.
After returning to Goshen in 1967, he was employed at various jobs, but his main occupation became that of bookkeeping. He also moonlighted with bookkeeping at home, as well as having a paper route and a CB route.
During World War II, Bob served as a replacement with the 276th Infantry, 70th Division. He was wounded near Forbach, France, during a German artillery bombardment, for which he received the Purple Heart. He spent the remainder of the war in recovery and then served with the Occupation Force as an office clerk in Europe. He served with the Army Reserve as a sergeant back in the states until being discharged Aug. 22, 1951.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, 1998; sister Phyllis M. Myers; four brothers Richard W. Penrose, Floyd J. Penrose, Everett L. Penrose and William "Bill" L. Penrose; daughter, Jo E. Penrose; and a son John E. Penrose.
Bob is survived by two daughters, Juanita L. (Gary) Rassi, Elkhart, and Rosalie A. (Roger) Miller, Sevierville, Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Betsy Penrose, Goshen; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister Norma J. "Penny" (Ray) Homo, Bolivar, Missouri.
Bob trusted Christ as Savior in his Army days. He was always active in his church, serving as Sunday school teacher, deacon, usher or greeter. He loved studying Bible prophecy. Bob was most recently a member of Sugar Grove Church, Goshen.
At Bob's request, cremation will take place. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Sugar Grove Church, Goshen, with fellowship time from 2 to 3 p.m. Cremains will be buried at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Goshen,
Memorials may be directed to the Friends of Israel Ministry, missionaries to Poland Paul and Carlene Eager through SEND International, or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com
Published on October 9, 2017