Eldon Ray Penner was born to Denver and Naomi Penner on April 16, 1961, in Morris, Manitoba. He passed away peacefully at South Texas Hospice Center in Victoria on Dec. 1, 2022, at the age of 61. As a young boy his family moved to St. Mary’s, Ontario. Dad talked of many happy and eventful memories from his childhood and youth years. At the age of 12 he was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite by Min. Paul Toews. On a family trip to Mexico, they stopped in the El Campo area to visit friends. Dad fell in love with the warmth of the area and, in his late teens, decided to move here to work. His parents and siblings followed his move soon after, and dad enjoyed South Texas for the rest of his life. Dad spent the first year’s land leveling as a way to get to his dream and passion of electrical work. The family started to notice dad taking a special interest in his youngest sister’s education one year. In no time he was engaged to be married to that brown-eyed girl that was her teacher! He married mom, Teresa Koehn, on Easter Sunday in 1984. God blessed them with 2 sons and 2 daughters.
No matter where life took dad, it was never long before he was back to the electrical work he learned in his youth. He started Penner Electric and enjoyed the many challenges of solving problems with out of the box solutions. He loved to work and was ready to teach anyone who wanted to learn electrical work. There are quite a few young men that can tell of learning about electricity from dad’s teaching; one of these, Jerry Koehn, started working with dad at the age of 13. Mom and dad accepted Jerry as one of their own children. As we grew older, dad decided to sell Penner Electric to raise us on the farm. We moved to the Danevang area to the fish farm and quickly learned that, while dad enjoyed many things in life, farming fish was not on the list! Through all the adjustments of learning how to farm fish dad always enjoyed his cattle herd. After several years, our family sold the fish farm and moved to Louise to establish a ranch. Many more memories were made converting row crop to pasture. During this time dad decided to, once again, start doing some electrical work from the shop on the ranch. Hobo Electric was soon a name he was proud of.