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Stanley A. Penner

Stanley A. Penner, age 91, of Henderson, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at his home.

Stan's wishes were not to have any services. Stan will be buried in the Faith Evangelical Bible Cemetery south of Henderson. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at higbymortuary.com.


Stanley Alvin Penner, the son of Cornelius I. and Ruth I. (Newman) Penner, was born on a farm south of Hampton, Nebraska on March 24, 1931 and passed away at Henderson, Nebraska on August 31, 2022, at the age of 91.

The family moved to a farm west of York, Nebraska and in 1942 moved to Aurora. Stan graduated from Aurora High School in 1948. He earned a diploma in Advanced Accounting in 1950 from Lincoln School of Commerce, while working at the Cornhusker Hotel and Nebraska Boiler & Supply to put himself thru school.

Stan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November 1950. He attended electronic technical schools; served in Korea for one year and then stationed at Bergstrom AFB in Texas until honorably discharged in November 1954. Stan attended the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Personnel. He had 160 credit hours, but did not have a degree.

Stanley's professional career is one he was proud of. In February 1961, named Personnel Director of Travis State School, Austin, Texas. He held the position for three years, in that time as the student population increased, so did the staff Stan helped recruit for the school. While there Stan started the Farm Colony Federal Credit Union. He served as Board member, Vice President and Office Manager of the credit union.

In September 1964, Stan began a new career in the insurance industry as the Group Insurance Underwriter at National Bankers Life Insurance Company, Dallas, Texas. He worked his way up to Director & Vice President of Southern National Life Insurance Company, Dallas, Texas.

In November 1970, started Stan Penner Insurance Agency. He was a licensed property and casualty agent in Texas and the Agency was active until he moved to Nebraska in December 2012.

In February, 1972, started Texas Camper Corral, Inc. a recreational vehicle business, in Austin, Texas with Wallace Pratt. He sold his 1/2 of the business to his partner in November 1976.

In August ,1981 because of his experience in risk management and loss control, was employed by Robert E. McKee, Inc., a national general contractor, as the Dallas Division Safety Directory. Some of his memorable jobs are: the Super Conduction Super Collider, Waxahachie, TX, American Airlines Maintenance Hangars, DFW Airport and The University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Stan retired In Oct. 1997, returned to work Jan. '01 to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and retired again in Nov. '04; returned to work Mar '08 at The Beck Group in Dallas, TX and retired again Jan. '09.

Stan was married three times and all ended in divorce; the first for 11 years, the second for 10 years and the third for 2 years.

Stan has four children from his first marriage: David, Kenneth, Pamela and Deborah.

March 14, 1980 Stan met a very special person at a Parents Without Partners dance. Ms. Billie McCulloch was a very special friend, long-time companion, love, lover and dearly beloved that shared the joys and sorrows of life's journey with me. Billie passed away on June 24, 2003.

On November 9, 1986, Stan's outlook on life changed by a heart attack; surgery was not needed, medication corrected the situation. The lesson he learned: Accept each day as a gift from God and prosper in it. Choose to use fully this day's opportunities for growth and enjoyment. No matter what yesterday held, begin today with a fresh start. Today is a new beginning, for it is completely new span of time.

Stan was raised a Master Mason on February 28, 1963. He was a lifetime member of Onion Creek Masonic Lodge No. 220, AF & AM, Austin, TX, and Austin Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He is a member of the Ben Hur Shrine Temple, Ben Hur Drum & Bugle Corps, Austin, TX and Fidelis Chapter No. 963, O.E.S. Austin, TX and; Capitol Lodge No. 23, IOOF, Austin, TX,

Stan was a lifetime member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars ad emeritus member of The American Society of Safety Engineers.

Travel took Stan to Korea & Japan while in the military; to many other states in the south, southeast, southwest, Midwest and west in work and on vacations.

Photography is a hobby that Stan enjoyed and was very good at. He had several 35 mm film cameras; 4 digital cameras and took a lot of pictures. Gardening was also a passion he had but did not always have the space to have on.

Stan moved to Henderson, Nebraska in December 2012. He enjoyed the smalltown life.

Stan's family includes his grandchildren, Allison, Marilyn, Andy Jr., Kyle and Kevin and great-grandchildren, Josh, Maddie, Max, Hector, Roland and Oscar.

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