Earl Carlyle Pettenger, 87, of Rockford, IL passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at his home. He was born on March 26, 1934, in Rockvale Township, IL to the late Raymond and Pauline (Kested) Pettenger. Earl proudly served his county in The United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Evalena Bell, on December 31, 1956, in Winchester, IN. Earl is loved and will be deeply missed by his sons, James Pettenger, Michael Pettenger, Louis Squires, Russell Squires, Robert Squires, Michael Squires; daughters, Joann Eddington, Brenda Brumley, Cheryl Squires, Roberta Pyrett, Lori Platz, Linda Bentley, Sheila Towson; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; brother, Steven Pettenger; sister, Lois (Ed) VerKuilen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Pauline; beloved wife, Esther; daughters, Rose Pettenger, Shirley Pettenger; siblings, Beverly Brenner, Mae Allen, Shelby Pettenger, Merle Pettenger. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Highland Garden of Memories.