Staunton Star - Times - Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years



Calvin F. "Sonny" Penrod, 85, of New Douglas, Ill., died Monday, May 30, 2022, at the University Care Center in Edwardsville. He was born on June 25, 1936, in Granite City, one of eight children born to Calvin and Julia (Henry) Penrod. He was first married to Betty Lou Mitchell on April 3, 1957. They had five daughters and a son. He later married Alma L. Mueller on March 15, 1986, at the United Church of Christ in Mascoutah. She survives.

Calvin served our country in both the U.S. Marine Corps from January of 1954 to February of 1957 during the Korean War and the U.S. Navy from November of 1957 to November of 1960.

Sonny was employed with the Granite City school systems as a custodian and then at the Bi-State Bus Company as a mechanic. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Worden. He was also a union member while working at the Bi-State Bus Company. Sonny was also a beekeeper and a member of the St. Clair Beekeepers Association. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Sonny was very proud that he was able to see the Cubs win the World Series Championship in 2016. He loved spending time with his wife and family, church, gardening, hunting, fishing, and beekeeping.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Alma Penrod; children, Tina Widman, Peggy (Gary) Penrose, Julia Boster, Regina (George) Odorizzi, Stewart Mueller (his fiancee, Paige Lemann), Melissa (Sean) Markham; 48 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Danny (Jennie) Penrod; and numerous nieces and nephews. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Lou Penrod; a son, Henry Thomas; a daughter, Betty Wells; two grandchildren, Matthew Penrod and Rachel Odorizzi; and Calvin's six sisters.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 4, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Worden with Rev. Randy Davis officiating. Military Honors were conducted outside the New Hope Baptist Church provided by the Staunton Area Veterans Honor Guard and their bugler.

It was Calvin's wish and that of his family that his body be cremated after his services.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church in Worden or to the St. Clair Beekeepers Association. Condolences may be left online at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston was in charge of arrangements.

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