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Lawrence 'Curly' Penner

Lawrence E. “Curly” Penner, age 95, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 8th at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Pastor Michelle Reed will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be at 9:30 A.M., one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Memorial Health Care - Aurora. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Lawrence E. “Curly” Penner, the son of Fred W. and Genevieve (Austin) Penner, was born in Stockham, Nebraska on February 9, 1923 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on December 5, 2018, at the age of 95.

He grew up in Stockham where he attended school. Curly then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Fullerton and Scottsbluff before his enlistment. Curly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps from December of 1942 until his discharge on December 31, 1945.

On June 29, 1943 he was united in marriage to Betty Applegate at Miami, Florida. They lived their entire married life in Aurora where Curly was an automobile salesman. Betty passed away on December 4, 2005.

Curly was a longtime member of the Aurora United Methodist Church. He served on the Aurora City Council for many years and was a longtime member of the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department where he served in many capacities.

He enjoyed gardening, following Aurora High School sports, and watching University of Nebraska Football.

He was preceded in death by his wife, grandson, Deon K. Penner, sisters, Dorothy (Marion) Newlun, Thelma (Dale) Fenster and Anna (Maurice) Medaris, brothers, LeRoy “Fritz” (Gwen) Penner, Ernest (Fern) Penner and Melvin Penner and sister-in-law Marion (Jerry) Jones.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Keith (Judy) Penner of Aurora and Dr. Gary (Carol) Penner of Fairfax, VA; 4 grandchildren, Tom (Susan) Penner of Aurora, Doug (Shari) Penner of Aurora, David (Karen) Penner of Raleigh, N.C. and Samantha (Ken) Massey of Waynesboro, PA; 8 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Max, Kendal, Marshal, Nolan & Fiona and Alex (Jen) Heiden and Aaron (Tara) Heiden. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Elaine Penner and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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