THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kenneth C. Zeitler, Sr.
Kenneth C. Zeitler, Sr., 92, of Monroe, formerly of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, March 22 at his home surrounded by family.
Born March 31, 1924 on the home farm in Coleman, the third of 10 children born to Arthur and Esther Zeitler, he attended country school and disliked wearing school required knickers. During schooling and church activities, the local congregation decided they would fund his education at the Lutheran Seminary in Watertown that he attended for one year and returned home to graduate from Coleman High School.
He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1942-1945 as part of the 602nd Engineering Battalion and was in five major land battles while in the European Theatre of Operations.
He met his wife Thora (Augustine) at a Halloween Party he attended with his brothers. They eloped to marry in Wichita, Ks. on Oct. 30, 1948 where they lived briefly, returning to Coleman and later moved to Kiel and Seymour, then settled in Monroe.
While in Seymour he served as president of the Seymour School Board and Kiwanis Club, helped develop and implement the beginnings of the fertilizer and chemical application for the agricultural community while he managed the Seymour Co-op. He also partnered in the Krueger-Zeitler Broiler Farm and Fund Ways Ventures.
He purchased the Roller Mills in Monroe in 1966 and changed the name to Ken's Agri-Services, Inc. and then acquired the Monroe Chickeries, but his passion was serving the agricultural community in many capacities for the last 50 years.
A member of Grace Lutheran Church, he had served as president of the Church Council and taught Sunday School, with his wife, Thora. He also served with various financial services through Primerica and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2312 in Monroe.
He is survived by his wife Thora; two sons, Ken S. and Chuck (Gail) Zeitler; three daughters, Carol (Larry) Ruch, Nancy (Terry) Larson, Ann (Steve) Halverson; a daughter-in-law, Joan Zeitler; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Glenn (Barb) Zeitler and Mildred (Dale) Berman; five sisters-in-law, Edna (Harvey) Zeitler, Marion (Cub) Zeitler, Laverne Rouse (Ezzie), Marian (Earl) Zeitler and Marjorie (Daniel) Zeitler.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth (Bud) Zeitler, Jr.; seven brothers, Gerhardt, Harvey, Arnie, Earl, Merlin (Cub), Ellsworth (Ezzie) and Daniel.
Visitation was held at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. Pastor John Tabaka officiated, followed by burial in Bethel-Hawthorne Cemetery with Military Rites. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral home of Monroe assisted the family with arrangements.