Photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
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Niobrara County Library - Albert Lewis Penn (January 26, 1892 - May 22, 1971)

Albert Lewis Penn (January 26, 1892 - May 22, 1971)

The Lusk Herald
May 27, 1971

Albert Penn, 79, Dies Saturday; Funeral Wed.

Albert Lewis Penn, 79, Lusk, died May 22 at Douglas. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm from the Peet Mortuary in Lusk. The Rev. Allen Page of the Open Bible Church officiated. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery with graveside services by I.O.O.F. Lodge of Lusk.

Mrs. J. P. Watson, organist, accompanied Tim Johnson, soloist, as he sang "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Casket bearers were Ed Cook, Burr Bryant, John Goddard, Robert Scott, Stewart Sides and George Dixon.

Honorary bearers were Lue Osborn, Rulo Roberts, C. E. Marvin, Glen Riley, Melvin Miller, John Mudra, Stanley Johnson, George Mill, Joe McConaughey and Brent Bruch.

He was the eldest son of Hezekiah B. and Anna Lewis Penn and was born January 26, 1892, at Jerico, Mo. When a small boy the family moved to eastern Nebraska where he attended schools and grew to manhood. In 1925 he moved to Bingham, Neb. where he worked on a ranch until the spring of 1916 when he and several members of the family moved to Wyoming in a covered wagon to homestead north of Hat Creek. He lived in the Hat Creek area until 1947 when he moved to Lusk to make a home for his sister, Mrs. Grace Whitmore. He worked as a carpenter until his eye sight failed him. He then worked at the Lusk Cemetery for the city until he retired.

After Mrs. Whitmore's death he made his home with his brother and sister. When a young man he was baptized into the United Brethren Church in eastern Nebraska. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Lusk.

His parents, three sisters and one brother died previously.

Survivors include his brother Lee Penn and sister Mrs. Velda Miller, both of Lusk, several nieces and nephews.

A memorial has been established to help purchase heart equipment for Niobrara County Memorial Hospital.

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