Rodger Penrose |

Rodger Penrose

Graveside services for Rodger Frances “Peep” Penrose of Elk Grove will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mr. Penrose died Saturday, Nov. 9, at home. He was 87.

He was born April 18, 1915, in Nevada City to Arthur A. and Bessie E. (Rodgers) Penrose. He was raised in the Grass Valley area and graduated from Nevada City High School in 1934. He married Frances A. Crase April 12, 1936, in Minden, Nev.

He served as a Grass Valley police officer and worked as a hoistman at the Idaho-Maryland and Pennsylvania gold mines. In the mid-1950s, he moved to Reno, where he worked as a construction worker, elevator repairman and casino maintenance man. He returned to California in 1960 and worked as a maintenance man for the Oakland public schools. He later transferring to the San Juan School District in Sacramento County, from which he retired in 1977.

Early in his adult life, he was a tuba player and an avid photographer. He also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, collecting model electric trains and making hand-tooled leather goods. After retirement, he and his wife of 63 years traveled around California and the Pacific Northwest, searching for bottles, petrified wood, sea shells and other collectibles.

He is survived by his sons, Richard L. Penrose of Elk Grove and Rodger F. Penrose Jr. of Union City; daughter-in-law, Linda (Merrick) Penrose of Elk Grove; grandson, Jeffrey Penrose of Livermore; granddaughters, Anisa Bear of Winston, Ore., Amy Penrose of Sacramento, and Stacey Sandoval of Salida; and great-grandchildren, Price, Danielle and Jacob.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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