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Hernan R. Penaloza

Hernan R. Penaloza Hernan Raul Penaloza, age 86, died January 30, 2019 at Via Christi Village in Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born to Hernan Penaloza Angulo and Obdulia Castillo Bedoya on March 15, 1932 in Lima, Peru—the oldest of three children. He excelled in track & field and earned a scholarship to attend the prestigious Leoncio Prado Military School. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in 1957, with a BS & Masters of Petroleum Engineering.

In 1957, Hernan immigrated to the United States and joined the Army in 1958. He spent 13 months in Korea during “peace-time” as a Petroleum Lab Specialist, quickly learning Korean. Upon return to the US, he was stationed in Atlanta where he met Barbara “Nancy” Sommer, an Army kid. He was 28 and she was 16. The couple married two years later on July 1, 1962. Hernan transferred to the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1963.

Hernan and Nancy moved to New York to be near his mother. He quickly took a job with Diamond Shamrock and later Stepan Chemical, both as an R&D chemist in urethane paint systems. The family moved to the Chicago area as a result of a job transfer in 1972. In 1979, Hernan joined Abbott Laboratories as senior plastics engineer, retiring in 1994. During his career he was awarded several patents for urethane products, including the successful Insta-Foam. In 2001, the Penalozas moved to Manhattan, KS, to be near their daughter Mary’s family.

Hernan gave his life to Jesus in 1978, serving at First Baptist Church in Palatine, IL for 25 years and Grace Baptist Church for 18 years. He loved to serve, focusing his gifts on the building and grounds committee and singing in the choir. Known for his warm smile and friendly demeanor, Hernan enjoyed greeting people at church and around town. Hardworking, efficient and ingenious, he used his talents to help friends and family with many projects.

His hobbies included: photography, languages (Spanish, English, Korean, Italian, French, and lastly Chinese), maintenance projects, opera (attending the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 20 years), Chicago Cubs baseball, and supporting his wife, children and grandchildren in their activities.

Hernan will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Nancy, his three children, Gerry Notestein (Brian) of Colorado Springs, CO; Rich Penaloza (Carrie) of Denver, CO; and Mary Reader (Bob) of Manhattan, KS; 10 grandchildren and one niece and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lillean; and one brother, Nestor.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m Tuesday February 12, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday February 13, 2019 at the Grace Baptist Church, 2901 Dickens Avenue in Manhattan. Interment with military honors will follow the service at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial contributions are suggest the Grace Baptist Church (please put Hernan Penaloza in the memo line). Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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