Kermit Pensel

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Kermit Pensel, 80, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Elkader Care Center in Elkader.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Andrew Preus. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Kermit was born July 24, 1938, to Edgar and Marie (Handke) Pensel. He married the love of his life Jean Reth on March 5, 1960, at St. John’s Church in Guttenberg.

Kermit was a man of few words but his kind soul and gentle smile spoke volumes.  He lived his life for his family as a farmer, as a husband, as a father, and in later years as a grandfather. Kermit had a love for Jean that was rare, the two of them were inseparable during their 58 years.  His children and grandchildren were the second loves of his life.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Jean; daughter, Pam (Tim) Hesseltine; sons, Brad (Tammy) Pensel, Bob (Jessie) Pensel; six grandchildren, Danny and Melanie Akers, Brett and Tiffany Pensel, Ava and Evan Pensel; one brother, Wallace Pensel; plus many other nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.

Kermit is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharon Smith.

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