Leslie L. KehlIssue Date: February 8, 2017
Leslie Leo Louis Kehl, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5.
Born May 16, 1923 in Columbus, to Bernhard J. Kehl and Anna (Wolff) Kehl, he was raised on a farm and attended Zion Lutheran School of Columbus. At age 13, he enrolled at Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Mn., where he studied for seven years. He was called to begin school at Adrian, Mi. after graduating in May of 1944. He married Mabel Kern of Adrian, Mi. in 1947 and she preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 2007 after 59 years together.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University while principal and upper grade teacher at St. Paul Livonia, Mi. He also took graduate courses in music composition and directing, which came in handy when he was director of the Lakeshore Lutheran Chorale for six years at Manitowoc.
He taught in the Lutheran schools of Adrian Mi., Menomonee, Ixonia, Livonia Mi., Kirchhayn, Liberty and Marinette for 44 years where he was principal, organist and choir director for most of those years.
After retirement, the couple were snowbirds in Florida, where they helped build a church and parsonage at Ocala, Fla. and the volunteers created Builders For Christ (BFC) the following year. While working on a new church in Hayward, he was called to teach at Trinity in Marinette for a year. They moved to Marinette and rented an apartment. They followed the BFC for many more years, building churches in Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky and more, but always returned to Marinette. He had a piano tuning business and an Enjoy Spelling program.
A giving and generous person, he loved his family and had a passion to serve the Lord and share the gospel. At 93, active and young at heart, he played the organ until his death.
He is survived by four sons, Stephen, Paul, David and John; a foster son, Henry Henkel; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Sydney.
Visitation will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marinette on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Columbus. Memorials can be made to WELS missions. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements.
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