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Kenneth Joseph Stangel 1932 - 2017


Posted By: Connie Swearingen- Volunteer (email)
Date: 9/24/2017 at 14:44:00

Sioux City Journal
19 June 2017

Kenneth J. Stangel, 85, of Onawa, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont, Neb.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Onawa, with the Rev. Michael Erpelding, Celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow in Onawa Cemetery, with military honors provided by the United States Army and the David McNeill American Legion Post 129 of Onawa. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a Scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m., at Rush Family Chapel in Onawa.

Kenneth Joseph Stangel was born on March 11, 1932, in Howells, Neb., the son of Joseph G. and Adella “Ida” (Zastera) Stangel. The family later moved to Onawa, and Kenny graduated from Onawa High School in 1950. He then attended Creighton University in Omaha, and received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1954. He enlisted with the United States Army, and served as an officer from 1954 to 1956.

Kenny married Mary Lou Doran on Dec. 28, 1954, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple was stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., followed by Kenny’s tour of duty in West Germany until 1956. After Kenny’s discharge, the couple returned to Onawa. He worked at Stangel Brothers in Onawa as the parts and service manager from 1956 to 1968. He then worked at the Onawa State Bank from 1968 to 1986. He then joined his brother, Bob, at Stangel Bros. as the Accounts Manager, where he remained until his retirement in 1999.

He continued his education through the years. He attended Agricultural Credit School in Ames, Iowa, from 1969 to 1970, and received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis., in 1979.

Kenny served his community in many ways. He was a past president and director of the Onawa Chamber of Commerce; past president, director, secretary, and treasurer of the Onawa Country Club; past director of the Onawa Kiwanis Club; assistant chief, secretary, and treasurer for the Onawa Volunteer Fire Department; past financial secretary for the Onawa Knights of Columbus; director of St. John’s Catholic Church in Onawa; and director of the Burgess Memorial Hospital Foundation in Onawa.

He loved spending time with his family, and especially enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s athletic events.

Survivors include his children, Kim and Terry Dutton of Blair, Neb., and Joe and Lori Stangel of New Ulm, Minn.; six grandchildren, Chris, Mark, Pat, and Laura Dutton, and Ella and Emmie Stangel; one sister, Marlene and Don McCall of Charter Oak, Iowa; and two sisters-in-law, Diane Stangel of Onawa, and Judy (Stangel) Baker of Boise, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Stangel on Nov. 3, 2008; his parents, Joe Stangel and Ida (Zastera) Stangel; three brothers, Robert “Bob” Stangel, George Stangel, and James “Jim” Stangel; and one grandson, Matt Dutton.

Memorials may be directed to the Mathew John Dutton (MJD) Foundation or the organization of the donor’s choice. The MJD Foundation is an organization formed in honor of Ken’s grandson. The foundation supports charity, facilities, programs, and outreach for underserved youth.


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