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Steven R. Penner
  • Camp Fort Hill, Fishing with a Cop Program
    310 N. Franks Ave.
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“Prayers and and condolences Rick, Cathy, Steve and Todd and your families. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Cara Davis - Charleston, SC

“Janet,Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Dave & Diane Rasbaugh - IL

“Fond memories of working with Steve at C-21. Became a good friend to Dwight & I Prayers to all his family.Dwight & Becky Bowdish ”
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“Prayers of comfort to the Penner family. So sorry he left your world so soon. Please take comfort in all the great memories of time spent with him to...Read More »
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“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI


Steven Ray Penner, age 69, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning August 2, 2017, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was born April 23, 1948, in Coldwater, MI, a son of the late Virgil "Gene" and Virginia Ginny (Howard) Penner.
Steve had resided in Sturgis since 1955 coming from Bronson.
He worked as a youth in his father's television repair service. As an adult he worked for the City of Sturgis in the Meter Department. During this period he was a volunteer fireman and was on the dive team for the Sturgis Fire and Rescue squad. In 1980 he became a realtor for Heritage Realty and then moved to Century 21. Steve was a very successful realtor and broker where he met and exceeded many milestones during that career. Throughout this period Steve also worked closely with his parents at Sportsman's Corner a business they owned and operated. After those careers Steve owned and operated Bronson Manor, an adult foster care home until his retirement.
Steve was a member of the Eagles Lodge #1314, VFW and Sons of the American Legion in Lagrange, Indiana.
Steve enjoyed everything to do with being an outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, mushrooming, and camping at Hardy Dam. He loved teaching his grandkids how to fish and took great pride that he was there when they caught their first fish.
Surviving are Janet Penner, his first love, wife and lifetime partner; one daughter, Catherine Penner; two sons, Steven E. (Tracey) Penner and Todd M. Penner; six grandchildren, Quinn and Dane Hambright, Jessica and Janel Penner, Nicole and Brielle Penner; two sisters, Gloria Penner, Sandra Bradley, one brother, Rick (Laura) Penner. Several nieces and nephews. Special sister and brother-in-law, Lois Knight and Thomas Knight.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew: David Houck.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 – 7:30 P.M. Saturday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. In accordance with his wishes cremation will follow the gathering.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Steve's memory consider Camp Fort Hill, Fishing with a Cop Program c/o: Sturgis Area Foundation, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.