Luther Penfield celebrates 90 years


LUSK – Family members and friends celebrated the 2016 Cowboy Hall of Famer Luther Penfield’s 90th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 29, in the afternoon at the Niobrara Senior Center. 

More than 75 people attended the event to enjoy visiting and the beautiful spread of finger foods and fancy cupcakes arranged around a celebratory cake with a bandana/cowboy theme. Midway through the afternoon, Penfield’s daughter, Dawn Copas, led the group in the traditional birthday song for Luther, who is well known in this community. 

Luther’s children, Dawn Copas, and twin brothers, Dick and Dean were present. Older sibling Les lives in Jackson and was unable to come and younger brother Jamie had passed away in 2017. Dick and his wife Jennifer planned the grand party and were supported and helped by the many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who showed up for the party.

Luther Penfield was born Feb. 26, 1930, to “Buster” and Reba Penfield. He grew up in the Lance Creek area and graduated from Lusk High School in 1947. He entered the U.S. Army in 1951. 

Penfield worked for Jim Thompson on his Lance Creek ranch for 22 years and then for Ed Boner before ending up in Las Vegas, where he spent 15 years as a security guard in the Show Boat Casino.

After retiring, he returned to Lusk, where he now enjoys sitting on his porch in the summertime, watching the world go by on Main Street and whistling his favorite songs. He is a year-round member of the Niobrara Senior Center, where he enjoys eating with friends on weekdays, and playing pool and Bingo on Fridays. 

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