John William Penterman - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

June 4, 1936 - March 3, 2023

John William Penterman

Age 86, Eden Prairie, MN, passed away March 3, 2023. He was born June 4, 1936, in Green Bay, WI, son of the late John and Agnes (Verhagen) Penterman, the oldest of six children. He served his country in the Army from 1955 to 1958. John and his wife, Kathleen, were married for 51 years. John was a loving father to his two children, Michael and Megan. John was a caring and compassionate man who helped many people during his life. John did not like to follow the rules. He made it his mission to graduate from college and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He started his career at IBM, worked at the Hennepin County Juvenile Center for a bit, and switched careers to selling insurance for American Family. He started his own carpet cleaning business. Along the way, he began buying real estate, and this became his passion and his business. Through his real estate ventures, John met and befriended many people. He enjoyed investing in stocks and commodities and was always looking for opportunities to beat the market. He was a diehard Green Bay Packers fan although he could never convince his family in MN to join him. John enjoyed traveling and was able to bring his family on several adventures. He had many furry family members during his time on earth - Max, Puppy, Myrrh, Laverne and Shirley, Dino, Casper, Elmo, Sam, Wilbur, and Baby. John is survived by his wife, Kathleen, Eden Prairie, MN; their children: Michael (Katie) Penterman, Carver, MN; Megan (Chad) Gustafson, Orono, MN; four grandchildren: Carter and Joshua Penterman and Sam and Luke Gustafson; one brother, one sister, one brother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law: James (Carol) Penterman; Carol (Jerome) Kern; Nan Penterman, all of Kaukauna, WI; his cousin, Lucille (Norman) Wildenberg, Little Chute, WI; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, and a sister-in-law: Richard Penterman; Norbert (Deen) Penterman; Marie Engstrom; and an infant sister, Mary Ann.

1 Comment

  1. Kim Johnson says:

    I am SO saddened to hear of the passing of John. I worked with him through the years on various real estate investments that he was involved with. He was such a compassionate person, always wanting the best for people, especially his tenants. He truly cared. My deepest condolences to his family.

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