Albert Austin Pennington, 88, of Gardner, Kan. passed away March 20, 2015 at Olathe Hospice House.
Albert was born Sept. 20, 1926 in Wichita, Kan. to Herschel Lee and Ethel Mae (Stough) Pennington. He served during WWII and the Korean Conflict in the US Army from 1944-1945, the US Army Air Corp from 1945-1948, the US Air Force and the US Army Reserves from 1974-1990. Albert married Vespersia M. Smith in Wichita on Aug. 28, 1949. He had many interesting occupations. Albert was a cattle rancher in S. D. , worked at Cessna Aircraft Co. where he taught aircraft sheet metal fabrication, blueprinting, engineering and management classes. He taught over 5000 Vietnam Veterans.
While living in Tempe, Ariz., he belonged to two Homing Pigeon Clubs that helped raise funds for the March of Dimes.  In Haakon County South Dakota, Albert served on the Board of Education for the Cheyenne School District.  The family then moved to Wichita where Albert was an active member in the Abbu Becker Shriners.  Albert was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gardner,  Gardner Jaycees, American Legion where he was commander of the first VFW Post in Gardner, the VFW Post 2245 in Grayslake, IL, a charter member of the Spring Hill Lions Club and a member of the Gardner Lions Club.  In Kansas City he also was a member of a Homing Pigeons Club.  He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.  He was a fantastic dancer. Albert always danced the Tennessee Waltz with his mother-in-law Vera Smith. He will be missed by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Victor, Richard, Herschel and William Pennington and sisters Junita Fox and Beverly Osborne. Albert is survived by his wife of 65 years Vespersia; children Layton Pennington, Grayslake, Ill, Cevey Pennington and wife Ashley, Kiowa, CO, Austin Pennington and wife Karen, Overland Park, Kan. and foster daughter Patricia (Huckfeldt) Winter, Colo.; brothers Howard Pennington, Rogers, AR and Donald Pennington, Clovis, CA; sister Wanda Winn, Granada Hills, Calif. and eight grandchildren and one great grandson.
Funeral service 11:00 am Friday, March 27, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, 138 E. Shawnee, Gardner, KS.  Burial follows in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS, at 2:30 pm with military honors.  Visitation 10:00 am before the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Gardner Lions Club.  Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.  Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com