Jack Lee Pennington, 73, New Town, died Monday, May 6, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Jack was born April 6, 1940, on the Pennington ranch and homestead near Sanish, the son of Earl and Lillian (Halvorson) Pennington. He was raised on the family homestead, attended school at Sanish and graduated from New Town High School in 1959. He then started farming for himself and assisted his mother with the operation of the family farm.
On July 5, 1969, Jack was united in marriage to Karen Matejcek in Conway, N.D. They made their home on their family farm, south of New Town, in Osborne Township of Mountrail County, where they farmed, ranched and raised their family.
Jack loved the land with the peace and quiet of the countryside and he loved the wildlife that dwelled within it. He enjoyed driving out to check on the crops and he enjoyed watching the seasons change each year on the farm. He liked raising and breaking horses and he liked his Hereford cattle, especially if they were freckle-faced. One of his favorite pastimes included attending rodeos. He was involved in steer, team-roping events for several years. He also enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends.
Jack served on the New Town School Board and volunteered on the New Town Fire Department. He was a member of the New Town Weighing Association and recently joined St. Anthony Catholic Church. Most of all, Jack cherished spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, who he loved to tease and interact with.
Blessed be his memory among us.
Jack is survived by: his wife, Karen, of New Town; children, Donald (Kristi), Steven (Sara) and Jan Gorder (Rob), all of New Town; grandchildren, Taylor, Lisa and Jordyn Pennington; Ty, Grace and Tucker Gorder; and Drew and Alex Pennington; brothers, Robert (Viola), of New Town, and Richard, of New Town; sisters, Ardis Donkin, of Denver, Colo., and Betty Lou Hultberg (Harold), of Coleharbor; sisters-in-law, Marlene Pennington, of Minot, Vivian Pennington, of Stanley and Gladys Pennington, of New Town; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LaVerne, Raymond, Duane "Bob" and Gene; and sister-in-law, Hazel Pennington.
Funeral: Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.
Rosary: Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.
Visitation: Friday from noon to 5 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.
Interment: New Town Cemetery
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