John Peniel, 80, of Penn Yan, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Do you remember seeing John around town with his backpack, or a big sack of laundry? Although John was born in Michigan, his family’s roots are right here in Penn Yan (Miles Benham being the first sheriff of Yates County). Wherever John went, he always showed a genuine love for people and the community. He loved going to the Farmer’s Market, Wager’s Cider Mill, Morgan’s, “Down the Hill” (Benton Valley Orchard), “Luke’s” (Sugar Creek Natural Food), and the Penn Yan Library.

John is survived by his children, Scott Benham, David Benham, Sonja Benham, Persephone Boyd, Manu Peniel, Ume Peniel, and Amoureen Peniel. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his children, Sonoman Benham and Eric Benham.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love Is…

Friends and family may share memories of John at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com