Carl R. Pensel, 80, of Jackson, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Monticello House in Jackson.
He was born May 6, 1932, near Fruitland to Louis R. and Edna C. Kasten Pensel. He and Dorothy Schwab were married November 17, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
Carl was a 1950 graduate of Jackson High School. Having been raised on the family farm, he was particularly active in the FFA program.
He honorably served in the U.S. Navy from February 20, 1952 to January 23, 1956, and thereafter, he worked 40 years at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1996. After retirement, he loved to return daily to the family farm (a Century Farm) and help his late brother, Harold, tend to the cattle and farm chores.
Carl was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fruitland, but was a faithful, longtime member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson, previously serving on the church council and various other church committees.
His other affiliations include Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson and the Telephone Pioneers.
Loving survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy of Jackson; three children, Duane (Terry) Pensel of Jackson, Julie Woodruff of Des Peres, Mo., Nancy (Jim) Meier of Steeleville, Il.; four grandchildren, Ryan and Morgan Pensel, Daniel Meier, Jana Woodruff; three siblings, Raymond (Mary Ann) Pensel of Cape Girardeau, Gerald (Mary Sue) Pensel of Crestwood, Mo., and Mary Catherine (Bob) Feemster of Jackson.
Also surviving are two sister-in-laws, Donna (the late Harold) Pensel and Laverne (the late Leon) Schwab both of Jackson and a brother-in-law Jerry (Phyllis) Schwab of Cape Girardeau.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Pensel (Sept. 17, 2006).
Friends may call Monday, February 18, 2013, from 4 to 8 PM, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 19, at 10:30 AM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with full military honors.
For memorial contributions, please consider Emanuel United Church of Christ Memorial Fund.