Special services set for fallen soldier
MAHOMET – A candlelight service Sunday will mark the passing of a soldier.
Spc. Justin Penrod, 24, who lived in Danville and Mahomet, died Aug. 11 in Arab Jabour, Iraq, when he and a group of soldiers were chasing a sniper and a bomb went off. Three other soldiers died with him.
Spc. Penrod lived in Mahomet's Candlewood Estates, and a neighbor, John Scott, has scheduled a vigil beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday near the mobile home park's pool house. All are welcome, Scott said Friday, and are invited to bring candles.
The Rev. Jim Blue will officiate, he said, and Iraq veteran Jerry Clark will speak. Clark is an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.
There will also be music.
"Justin loved his family, his country and his newborn son." Scott said.
Spc. Penrod was on his second tour in Iraq when he was killed. He leaves behind his wife, Christina, and an 8-month-old son.
The family has not yet released funeral information.
Ken Brumley of The Patriot Guard Riders, motorcyclists who provide escorts for military services, said his organization has been asked to escort Spc. Penrod's body from Willard Airport to Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.
Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 at Urbana Assembly of God, 2502 S. Race St., U, according to the riders' information, but Morgan Memorial Home could not confirm that.
After the funeral, the riders will escort Spc. Penrod to Danville National Cemetery.