Penner is a retired public school administrator who lives in North Newton with his wife, Gerry. He was only 8 years old when he was caught in the fighting between Russian and German forces.
Separated from his parents, Penner was held captive for four years in Poland before he escaped to a Red Cross refugee camp. He credits God?s faithfulness for caring and providing for him.
Penner was reunited with his parents and placed in a Menno?nite Central Committee refugee camp in Germany. He and his mother later came to Cordell, Okla., after a sponsor paid their way to America.
Penner was determined that he would learn English so well that no one could detect he was German. His high school years were at Corn (Okla.) Bible Academy.
After attending Tabor College for two years, Penner graduated from Southwestern State University in Weatherfor?d, Okla. He retired in 2001 from a career in elementary school education, which included more than 30 years as principal at Cimarron.
The Penners have three married children and eight grandchildren.
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