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Arnold J. Pennings

November 27, 1946 — November 11, 2015


November 27, 1946 Orange City, Iowa
November 11, 2015 Sheldon, Iowa

1:30 P.M. Monday, November 16, 2015
Parkview Assembly of God; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Kenneth Snyder Officiating
2:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Village Northwest Unlimited Wansink Center
Chaplain Mike Molettiere Officiating

Lords Prayer
Sung by: Steve Lenters
How Great Thou Art
Go, My Children, With My Blessing
Pianist: LuAnn Snyder

Private Family Graveside
West Lawn Cemetery Orange City, Iowa
Chaplain Ken VerSteeg Officiating

Before todays service, relatives and friends are invited
To join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

After todays service, relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Village Northwest Unlimited.

Arnold John Pennings was the first-born child of Mr. John Henry Pennings and Mrs. Anna Henrietta (DeWeerd) Pennings. He resided in Orange City, Iowa during his early childhood. He received Special Education Services from the Sheldon and Sioux Center Schools and later from the Glenwood State Hospital and School.
He moved to the Village Northwest Unlimited (VNU) in July 1976 where he served a term as the Village Mayor. He continued to receive VNU services while living in East Oak Apartments and in his own home in Sheldon. In 2006 he moved to the Alternative Living Center on the VNU campus where he lived until 2015, when he moved to the Sanford Senior Care Center due to increasing health needs.
Arnold enjoyed being employed at the Northwest Iowa Vocational Center where he worked at a variety of tasks. He cherished his connections with his church family at the Parkview Assembly Church in Sheldon. He was the valued tail twister at the Sheldon Lions Club for many years. He took immense pride in being the uncle of 3 nephews (James and Sharad Tandon and Peter Vermeer) and 2 grandnephews (Shannon Tandon and Jack Vermeer).
Arnold taught others about being resilient and finding a way through new challenges. He developed his potential because of his deep spiritual faith and optimism, a loving support system, and the professional services he received. His many friends and his family will miss his sunny disposition and sense of humor.
Family members left to remember Arnold are his sisters and their spouses: Mr. and Mrs. (Audrey) Shyama Tandon and Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly) Philip Vermeer.
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