John Penrod, photographer of everything Michigan, dies at 86

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — John Penrod, a prolific photographer whose pictures of Michigan have been displayed in calendars and on postcards, has died. He was 86.

Starks Family Funeral Homes says Penrod died Saturday at a hospital in St. Joseph in southwestern Michigan. He lived nearby in Berrien Center.

The Herald-Palladium reports that Penrod’s company, Penrod-Hiawatha, grew to become the largest Michigan-based postcard distributor. He took pictures of lighthouses, waterfalls, sunsets, parks, rainbows, rivers and other natural features.

Penrod told the newspaper that his favorite photo showed lightning over the Mackinac Bridge.

In 1995, he shrugged off questions about retirement, saying: “How can you retire when you don’t work? It’s a job people would almost pay to do.”

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