William Henry Penn, Dec. 24, 1917 -- Dec. 5, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

William Henry Penn, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born Dec. 24, 1917 in Chicago, Ill., a son of Henry and Ettie (Brandt) Penn. He died on Friday, Dec. 5 in Eureka Springs at the age of 90.

Mr. Penn graduated in 1935 from Fenger High School in Chicago, Ill.. He then graduated in 1939 with a B.S. Engineering degree from Illinois (then Armour) Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill. He did graduate work at IIT in Atomic Physics. Mr. Penn worked as an Engineer for Eureka Company until he and his wife Janet purchased Sweet's Fudge Kitchen in 1974 and moved from Normal, Ill. to Eureka Springs. They resided in Normal, Ill. from 1959 to 1974 and were members of Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Ill. The Penns lived in Holiday Island for more than 30 years.

On Sept. 27, 1941, Mr. Penn married Janet Naomi Rosain at Foster Park Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill. She survives him of the home.

He is also survived by three daughters, Christine A. Barton of Eureka Springs, Candace M. and husband Jim Frame of Gaithersburg, Md. and Priscilla J. and husband Ted Wdowiak of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandsons, Alex Barton and wife Megan of Hood River, Ore., Matt Barton and wife Kristin of Portland, Ore., Bret Bottomley of Cape Coral, Fla. and Brandon Bottomley and wife Meghan of Augusta, Ga.; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Alice Bottomley, one granddaughter, Heidi Bottomley Meyer and one brother, John J. Penn.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs with Rev. Vernon Payne officiating. Interment followed in the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc.

Memorial donations may be made to the Eureka Springs Hospital Guild, 24 Norris St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.