|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1957|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 2003|
He spent his childhood in Indiana, moving to Las Vegas with his mother when he was 10. He attended school there through high school. After graduation, he joined the Marine Corps and was discharged in 1977.
He lived in Las Vegas for a year and then attended the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He felt a calling into his Lord's ministry and enrolled in Evangel University in Missouri. For a time he worked with a Christian TV and radio ministry in South Carolina and then with a church in Asheville, N.C.
He lived in many areas of the country including Florida, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, Michigan and Alaska.
His family wrote, "He loved the Lord and despite much pain and suffering, he spent time reading his Bible. He enjoyed Bible study and discussion and listening to his stereo music. He also enjoyed the outdoors - hiking, camping, hunting and target shooting. He loved cooking and was well known for it, feeding many of his neighbors. He also spent much time reading. Samuel was much loved and will be missed."
Survivors include his mother and stepfather (Mama and Papa), Luis and Janice Vargas, Wasilla, Alaska; his father and stepmother, Sam and Margaret Penland, Asheville, N.C.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the country. His constant companion and friend, his dog, Ezekiel, will be lost without his master and buddy.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Kay; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Anchorage Daily News July 5, 2005
Samuel Frank Penland, 47, died June 30, 2005, at his home in Palmer of complications from injuries received in an auto accident and of complications from diabetes. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Bogard Road in Wasilla. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mr. Penland was born Oct. 11, 1957, in Marion, Ind. He moved to Las Vegas with his mother when he was 10. After graduating from high school, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and was discharged in 1977. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He enrolled in Evangel University in Missouri. He worked with Christian television and radio ministry in South Carolina, then with a church in Asheville. Mr. Penland lived in Florida, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, Michigan and Alaska. He had an auto accident in 1995, which left him with a closed head injury, and he spent 10 years trying to recover from it. His family wrote: "He loved the Lord, and despite much pain and suffering, he spent much time reading, especially his Bible. He enjoyed Bible study and discussion, listening to music, hiking, camping, hunting and target shooting. He loved cooking and fed many of his neighbors. Samuel was much loved and will be missed. "He was known as the hero of Daybreak Apartments in Palmer. When they had the fire in December 2003, he re-entered the apartments four times to help residents before almost being overcome with smoke inhalation." He was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Kay, and maternal and paternal grandparents. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Luis and Janice Vargas of Wasilla; father and stepmother, Sam and Margaret Penland of Asheville; dog, Ezekiel; and many aunts, uncles and cousins around the country. Memorial contributions may be sent to Alaska Brain Injury Association, 409 N. Main St., 166, Wasilla 99654, and condolences may be sent to Janice and Luis Vargas, P.O. Box 872062, Wasilla 99687, 1-907-373-2135. Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.
Fort Richardson National Cemetery
Created by: Tombstoner & Family
Record added: Jul 07, 2005
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