THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kenneth L. Zempel
Issue Date: February 21, 2018
Kenneth L. Zempel, 81, of the Town of Beaver went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 17, 2018 surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer.
He was born to Henry & Isla (Huebner) Zempel on the family farm in Bear Creek where he grew up. He graduated from Bear Creek High School in 1953. He served with the United States Army for two years and then settled in the Coleman area. He married Marie (Aubry) Kotecki on October 26, 1963. She preceded him in death in January of 1985.
He worked as a mechanic in Beaver, at Marinette Marine, drove school bus, was self-employed as a mechanic and drove semi for Patz Pallet for 21 years retiring in 1999. He married the former Audrey (Loop) Zempel on April 26, 1986.
He enjoyed traveling, camping, gardening, mowing lawns and fixing motors, especially old tractors. He enjoyed many hours going to tractor and truck pulls. He loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also happy times camping at his family reunions where he was in charge of making the coffee every morning.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Audrey; his daughter, Kim (Jim) Tappendorf and two sons, Tod (Teresa) Zempel and Stephen Zempel; 3 grandchildren, Jodi (Doug) Witak, Jeff Gaffney and Haleigh Zempel and 3 great-grandchildren, Matilda, Emma and Isla Witak. He is also survived by Marie's daughters, Carol Blachowiak, Amy Okrei and Jill (Jim) Bader and son, Terry Kotecki; 6 grandchildren and Audrey's sons, Allan (Dawn), Darynn (Rose), James (Tanya) Zempel, Aaron Phillipson (Jeremy) and daughters Deanna Zempel, Melanie (Jeremy) Buenning, Tricia Zempel (Chris Bohm) and 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren all who loved their Grandpa Kenny very much. He is also survived by a brother, Dean (Yvonne) Zempel; 4 sisters-in law, Marlene and Mona Zempel, Patty (Kent) Shy and Anita (Don) Morgan a brother-in-law, Jay Loop and many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Kenny.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers and 3 sisters; a grandson, Ryan Zempel, and 2 step-grandchildren, Brandi and Dean Zempel.
Family and friends may visit at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, Hwy. 64 East, Pound. WI. on Thursday, February 22 from 10 a.m. until time of Service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Christoper Johns officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The entire family would like to give heartfelt thanks to everyone at Green Bay Oncology in Oconto Falls, especially Holly Spletzer, to Rennes West for the great care while there and to Heartland Hospice, especially Tina, Lindsay, Jennifer and Brooks. We will never forget the comfort and care. Thank you also Pastor Johns for his visits and comforting words and to all the family and friends who visited or sent cards and food. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established. The Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman assisted the family. Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to leave online condolences.