OBIT – Erwin Panning

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Erwin Henry Panning, 84, of Hamburg, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
Erwin was born on Oct, 13, 1928, in Washington Lake Township. He was the son of Otto and Hilda (Proehl) Panning. Erwin was baptized as an infant on Oct. 21, 1928, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1942, both by Rev. H. J. Bouman at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. He received his education in Hamburg and Glencoe and was a graduate of the Steven’s Seminary Class of 1946. Erwin entered active military service in the United States Army on Aug. 12, 1952, and served his country during the Korean Conflict stationed in Germany. He received an Honorable Discharge on Aug. 13, 1954.
On June 24, 1961, Erwin was united in marriage to Ruth Brinkman by Rev. A. H. Fellwock at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Erwin and Ruth made their home on the two family farms in rural Hamburg, moving to the second family farm in 1988. In 1997, they moved into Hamburg, in October of 2010 to The Harbor in Norwood Young America and Erwin moved to Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in October of 2012. Their marriage was blessed with two sons and one daughter, Randall, Lynn and Christopher. Erwin and Ruth shared over 52 years of marriage.
Erwin loved the land and animals so after his army service, he worked with his dad and eventually took over the family farm. He was a lifelong member at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, where he was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church Men’s Club, Silver Seniors and church choir for 50 years. Erwin willingly shared God’s message as a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League and his love for music inspired him to sing with the Harmonaires chorus for decades.
Erwin enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling and his favorite place was Germany. He was also a pilot and loved to fly. Erwin most cherished the time that he spent with his family and friends.
Erwin passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe at the age of 84 years and 10 months.
Blessed be his memory.
Erwin is survived by his wife, Ruth Panning of Norwood Young America; children, Randy Panning and his wife, Terri, of Hamburg, Lynn Panning of Mound and Chris Panning and his wife, Jennifer, of Hamburg; grandchildren, Barret Panning, Brice Panning, Emma Panning, Cora Panning and Nathan Panning; sister, Lorraine Schroeder and her husband, Cklair Hasse, of Glencoe; brothers-in-law, Maynard Brinkman of Glencoe, Howard Brinkman and his wife, Donna, of Gardendale, Texas, and Orville Brinkman and his wife, Phyllis, of Glencoe, MN; sister-in-law, Rosella Brinkman of Glencoe; and cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Erwin is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Hilda Panning; brothers-in-law, Edmund Schroeder and Gerald Brinkman; and sister-in-law, Marion Brinkman.
Memorial services were held Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m., at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with interment following in the church cemetery. Pastor Donald Andrixa officiated the service with organist Kathy Oelfke. Special music by the Emanual Lutheran Church Men’s Choir were “Muede Bin Ich, Geh Zur Ruh” and “Beautiful Savior” with congregational hymns “Amazing Grace” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Military honors were given by Glencoe American Legion Post #95. Honorary urn bearers were Erwin’s grandchildren, Barret Panning, Brice Panning, Emma Panning, Cora Panning and Nathan Panning. Urn bearer was Erwin’s godson, Jason Brinkman.
The family invited everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service.
Arrangements by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book are available at