James J. Penk, 65 of Lublin, died December 31, 2019 of a result of
an auto accident. He was born on August 23, 1954 the son of the
late Joseph and Josephine (Kijak) Penk. Jim grew up in the Lublin
area and graduated from Gilman High in 1972. He married Carolyn
Halida on September 18, 1976 at St. Stanislaus Catholic

Jim worked in the woods for Jermar Logging while in operation and
farmed his whole life. He belonged to the Sons of the American
Legion, the Gilman Knights of Columbus, the Roosevelt Rod and
Gun Club, the Lublin Volunteer Fire Dept., and was Town
Supervisor for 15 years.  He really enjoyed hunting, fishing, and
making maple syrup.  But one of his biggest joys in life was
spending time with his family especially the grandkids.   He really
enjoyed the times we would spend at the cabin.  

He is survived by the love of his life of 43 years, Carolyn of Lublin,
his children, Josh (Jill) Penk of Lublin, Adam (Kris Hamm) Penk of
Greenwood and Sunnie Robinson of Lublin, seven grandchildren,
Ashlee, Karsyn, Landon, Dawson, Kallie, Jazmyn and Hayden, four
sisters, Joyce (Tony) Hellenbrand of Madison, Janice (Bob) Greer,
Jacqueline (Bob) Baird and Jean (John) Walker all of Warren, MN,
6 brother and sister-in-laws, Barb (Don) Cwikla of Withee, Mary
Losiewicz and Geraldine Dmytro both of Medford, Stanley (Dorothy)
Halida Jr. and Roger Halida both of Lublin and Ray (Susan) Halida
of Colby and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  
Preceded in death by his parents Joe and Josephine Penk, in-laws
Stanley and Stella Halida, son-in-law Kenneth Robinson,
brother-in-laws Richard Losiewicz and Jeffery Dmytro.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 6 at
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church-Lublin. Inurnment will follow in the
Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 until 5 PM on Sunday at
the Gilman Funeral Home with a 5 PM Knight of Columbus Rosary
and one hour prior to services Monday morning at the church.