James “Jim” Penney, De Smet, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016. A funeral service with military rites is scheduled for 10:30 AM Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the United Methodist Church, De Smet, with Reverend Kris Larsen officiating. Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM, Friday, July 1, 2016, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet. Burial will follow at De Smet Cemetery, De Smet, SD.
Jim Penney was born May 6, 1926, at De Smet, SD, to Bernard and Etta (Williams) Penney. He attend rural schools in the Kingsbury County area. He started farming and continued until he was drafted into military service in 1951. He served his country from 1951 to 1953, spending nearly a year in Korea near the 38th Parallel. He was proud to be a U.S. Marine, and was a recipient of both the Ambassador Peace Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Upon his discharge in 1953, he entered into business with a cousin, Kenneth Mears, operating 206 Service.
He married Audrey Jibben on November 12, 1954, at Davis, SD. They lived in the De Smet area, and in 1959, the couple moved to the farm owned by his grandparents. He continued to farm, as well as clerk at the Coast to Coast Store until his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the VFW, in De Smet.
He especially enjoyed his eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, dancing, Korean Marine reunions, and watching DHS Bulldog athletics. He and his wife proudly received the DHS “Booster of the Year” Award.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Penney, De Smet; two sons, Ron (Jeanne) Penney, De Smet; and Jeff (Diana) Penney, Torrington, WY; one daughter, Mary Ann (Brian) Brandmeyer, Germantown, IL; one sister, Bernadine (Jim) Koehnstopp, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Johnny, Leonard, LeeRoy, and Alvin “Butch”; and two sisters: Mary and Bernetta.