Bryan J. Penton, 65
Bryan Joel Penton passed away Jan. 6, at the age of 65, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Bryan was born May 7, 1951, in St. Paul, Minn., to Paul Henry and Irene (nee Shursen) Penton, the youngest of five children. He grew up in St. Paul and later moved to California, where he graduated from high school. He came to River Falls to get his bachelor's degree in business, and where he also met the love of his life, Kay Lee Tomfohr. They were married in Red Wing, Minn. on June 23, 1979. Together they raised five beloved children, three girls and two boys. Early in his career he worked as a private investigator, and later, as an insurance claims manager.
Bryan was a loving, compassionate, generous, witty, and optimistic man. He was a man of faith and was thankful to God for the blessings he had, especially for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Lee; daughter, Anne (Marc); son, John (Alaina); daughter, Laura (Nick); daughter, Katherine (Bumper); and son, Will; grandchildren, Penny, Maddie, Sienna, Leo, Eloise, Samantha, Dakota and Braylon; sister, Sue (Zeke) Thram; and brothers, Jon (Claudia), and Randy (Karen); and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m., at the First Covenant Church, 1374 N. Main St., River Falls. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 4- 8 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home, 805 E Division St., River Falls, and also on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.