Marengo-Union Funeral Home

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John Stephen Penny

August 3, 1959June 12, 2020

John S. Penny, 60, of Marengo passed away June 12, 2020. He was born August 3, 1959 in Belvidere to Harris and Vivian (Robinson) Penny. John was a gun enthusiast and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. He loved to read and enjoyed time spent with his grandkids. John worked at Arnold Engineering and later at Nissan in Marengo. He also served in the National Guard. He is survived by his partner, Veronica Kearney, and her children, Eric (Melanie) Ibsh, Stephanie (Chris) Matysiewski, Kara Ibsh, and Sean (Sarah Neuman) Kearney; his grandchildren, Brianna, Connor, Ryle, Austin and Bentley; his sister, Laurie (Bill) White; his nephew and niece, Ryan White and Jessica Leonard; his great-nephews, Dominic and Lincoln Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents. In honoring John's wishes there will be no services. For anyone wishing to make a donation, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice at www.heartlandhospicefund.org.


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Laurie White

July 6, 2020

I remember you well ! Gosh you were our favorite sitter! I recall one time when we had to have someone else SO we were super naughty so we'd get you back lol. I'm so pleased to hear from you! it's sure been a long time. Are your folks still alive? I still have some friends in Marengo but my husband and kids have lived in Belvidere for over 30years. Our kids are grown and we are grandparents now. I hope you are well and happy. San Francisco is a beautiful place and we've been there twice over the years. Do you have grown kids too? It sure was hard to lose John. I'm the last one of my original family and It's a lonely place right now,even with my husband and kids. Thank you so much for reaching out!

Beverly Jenne cronnelly

July 4, 2020

Hello Laurie, here is a blast from your past, I babysat for you and John back in the day when your mom worked for Wallace Insurance Agency, and dad Harris had an auto supply shop on the corner of the Main Street of Marengo. I recognized his picture and could remember that sweet little boy. You were both lovely children. I enjoyed knowing you and your parents. I was so sorry to hear the sad news when your mom passed away so many years ago. I thought a lot of her and she was very kind to me. My best to you and I am sorry for the loss of your brother John. Take care, Beverly Jenne Cronnelly, San Francisco ca.

Stephanie Matysiewski

June 24, 2020

John was the most kind hearted, fun loving man. His smile would light up a room. I thank God he came into our lives. He was the best Papa to my daughter. We love and miss you John.

Laurie White

June 24, 2020

Thank you Deb.
You know what it's like to lose a sibling so I know you understand how lost I feel. He was such a wonderful man. I wish Dominic and Lincoln were old enough to remember him but they play with the toys he gave them and we can all share so many wonderful memories. He fought a war with courage and dignity and will live in my heart forever

Debra Jannisch

June 24, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss laurie. I didnt know John but I do know how very hard it is to lose a sibling. not an easy thing.

Laurie White

June 23, 2020

Thank you for your kind words. John did consider you a brother and I hope you will reach out. We would love to catch up. My email is laurieil@rocketmail.com

Laurie White

June 23, 2020

Thank you Connie.
I wish you had known the man he came to be. I admired his courage so much. He never complained,instead he worried about my health. I saw him shortly before he died,unexpectedly and told him I would give anything if I could take his cancer. I was already in a disease and would have done it gladly. At least now he's with Mom. Take care,Connie and enjoy your beautiful new great grandson

Connie Robinson

June 20, 2020

Fond memories of a silent, sweet little boy pass my mind. Sorry for your loss, Laurie.

Mario Castillo

June 18, 2020

So much to say after 45 years of friendship, you were a brother that I never had.
Thank you for being there for my successes and shortfalls and never prejudge me. I will miss our conversations and viewpoints about politics, automobiles, firearms and being movie critics. You earned your place in heaven. Rest in peace my brother.

Don Strauss

June 14, 2020

Any time we hung out with John, he was always kind and had a great conversation. He will be missed by those he called friends. God's Blessings to finally be at peace.