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Wayne Bruce Pannell

Obituary for Wayne Bruce Pannell

July 14, 1931 - September 18, 2019
Hartford, Kentucky | Age 88

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Wayne Bruce Pannell, age 88, of Hartford, Kentucky passed peacefully on September 18, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Wayne was retired from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture where he was an inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency outreach, after leaving a 40+ year farming career. He was born to parents Jackson Walker Pannell and Carrie Aster Hill Pannell on July 14, 1931. Wayne attended Calhoun, Kentucky consolidated high school and served in the US Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. After receiving an honorable discharge, he enrolled into the educational program offered through the GI Bill of Rights, earning a degree in Agri-Business.

Other than family, Wayne was most proud of his professional accomplishments in the advancement of agriculture in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Pannell's foresight and innovation was used to improve Kentucky Agricultural row crop productivity. He introduced the first no-till row crop farming in Daviess County, in partnership with the University of Kentucky Experimental Research Project. An avid soil conservationist, Pannell was recognized by columnist Tom Wicker in the New York Times; Farm Journal magazine, Progressive Farmer, Louisville Courier Journal, and the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Mr. Pannell was also recognized by The Kentucky Hereford Journal, for his championship string of Polled Hereford cattle.

During his agricultural career, he worked as a manager for C.E. Field Farms. Pannell was named Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture under 5 gubernatorial administrations. He was also a charter member of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, member of the Soybean Association, Kentucky Cattleman's Association, Council member of the Daviess County UK Extension Service and 4-H, and Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. Pannell served two terms as Daviess Co. Farm Bureau President where he founded the Annual Farm City Breakfast under the auspices of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.

As an advocate of Higher Education, Mr. Pannell annually donated the proceeds of the first truck load of shelled corn to Brescia University Scholarship Fund.

Wayne is survived by his loving spouse and devoted caregiver, Betty Capps Pannell; daughters, Susan Pannell (spouse David Wilson), Karen Pannell, and Lisa Manley (Steven): Grandchildren, Kendall Jarboe, Levi Manley, Abigail Manley and great grandson Kingston Hinton; He is also survived by his by brother Glenn Pannell (Sandra) of Central City.

A Celebration of life service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Pannell requested that any expressions of sympathy be made in the form of a donation to Sunrise Children's Services, P.O. Box 1429, Mt. Washington, KY 40047; or by giving online at www.Sunrise.org/donate. Memories and condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.glenncares.com

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