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“My first memory of Kenny was him "on our back bumper" in his 60 Chevy 409 Convertible ! as he tore up the hiways. Kenny took Denny and I to the drags...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: MARK TILTON - TUCSON, AZ

“Rest In Peace Kenny! You'll be missed by family & friends! ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Ron Nikidym - Shawnee, KS

“Uncle Kenny was "dat big guy" that at 2, I loved immediately, once I realized that it was him underneath all of the heavy winter gear that he had on...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Janny Kay McKenzie - Windsor, CO

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4 of 4 | Posted by: Eric Wendell - CANON CITY, CO


Kenneth Robert Wendell was born March 22, 1937 to Elmer and Alice (Jansen) Wendell at Gregory, SD. Kenny attended grade school in Dallas, Burke, and Gregory. He graduated from Gregory High School with the class of 1955.

Kenny enlisted in the Army in 1956 and was discharged in January of 1958. He served his basic training at Fort Carson, CO. He finished his service in Germany with a classification in Heavy Weapons Infantry.

After returning home, Kenny farmed on the family farm for a year, then he started full service custom farm work. Brother Willis worked with him for two years and later brother Dennis joined the duties. During this time, he drove semi for Dale's Livestock. Kenny also worked for Grossenburg Implement, delivering machinery and hauling new tractors and machinery from Waterloo, IA. In his later years, he left his custom work and worked for various farmers with harvesting and chores.

Due to his failing health in September of 2013, Kenny entered the Elder Inn in Winner, SD. In December 2015 he was transferred to the Good Samaritan Society in Corsica, SD.

Kenny passed away on November 23, 2016 at the age of 79.

Surviving him are four brothers, Wayne of Loveland, CO, Willis (Phyllis) of Sioux Falls, SD, Delbert (Lois) of Gregory, SD, and Dennis (Pam) of Spencer, NE, one sister Janyce Adams of Littleton, CO, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews as well as many friends.

Preceding Kenny in death are his parents, Elmer and Alice Wendell, infant brother Donald, sister-in-law Ilene Wendell, brother-in-law Howard Adams, and nephew Craig Wendell.

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Funeral services for Kenneth Wendell, 79, were held Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Terri Bartling and Peg Wendell were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist, and Geoff Smith, soloist, singing "On the Wings of a Snow White Dove" and "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."

Darcy & Chris Tennant and Doug & Sonja Wendell were in charge of flowers.

Military Honors were given by the Gregory and Dallas American Legions and the National Guard Honors.

Inurnment was in the Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.