Melvin “Bud” Penning


Dell Rapids, SD

December 3, 2020

Melvin “Bud” Penning, 90, of Dells Rapids died Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Ava’s house in Sioux Falls.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, December 7, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids.  Visitation will be from 2-4:00 PM Sunday at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Masks are required at visitation and funeral mass.  Service will be livestreamed on the Minnehaha Funeral Home & Cremation Services Facebook Page.  

Melvin Henry Penning was born August 22, 1930 in Dell Rapids to parents Nick and Elizabeth Penning.  He grew up on a farm north of Dell Rapids and attended St. Mary Grade School.

Bud married Jeanette Fiegen January 17, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church.  To this union was born Stephanie, Steven, and Suzanne.  Bud and Jeanette farmed most of their working years. Bud also drove truck for A L Storers of Flandreau and enjoyed driving the school bus.  Bud enjoyed dancing to old time music, polkas and truly enjoyed all the children.

Bud is survived by a daughter, Stephanie (Micheal) Langner; son, Steven Penning; daughter, Suzanne (Dave) Yeigh; 13 grandchildren, Michelle (Tracy) Langner Richmond, Aaron Langner, Adam (Sarah) Langner, Tennille (Tim) Knoop, Bethanie Langner, Kris (Elliot Hail-Langner) Langner, Jeff (Charity) Penning, Brian (Jenn Young) Penning, Amanda (Chris Woody)Penning, Barbara (Charlie Hynick) Penning, Kelly (Aspen) Reed, Cory (Ali) Yeigh and Brandi (Ryan) Monson; 28 great-grandchildren; one great great grandchild; brother, Terry Penning; two sisters, Vera Burggraff and Karon Penning as well as many other relatives and friends. 

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; ten siblings, daughter-in-law, Joan Penning and grandson-in-law, Garrett Polley.