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“My father Karl Karlson lived across the street from Ken and his wife, and I knew Ken when I was in high school in the early 60s. Later on after my...Read More »
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“Dear Kim, Joe and families. So very sorry to hear about Ken's death. He was the rock in the family and will be misssed by not only you but so many...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Stangel - Vale, OR - Family

“some of my greatest memories of service to Onawa through the Volunteer Fire Department include your Dad. He was always a sores of influence and...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff Sander - Onawa, IA - Friend

“Kim & family, Joe & family,I will always have the best memories of my uncle Ken, and will always remember his voice & laugh! My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jacque Doran Neal - Sidney, NE

“I only met Ken once, when he was visiting Joe and Lori up in Olivia. I remember him being very nice, and thinking that Joe was blessed to have such a...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Joe Nelson - Howard, SD

“Kim & Terry, Joe & Lori, and the Stangel family,I am so sorry for Ken's passing. He was a good friend to me, our church and our community...as were...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Philip Morrow - Onawa, IA

“Dear kim and Joe so sorry to hear about your Father. Have many great memories about him.Prayers are with the Family. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Mike Doran - myrtle beach, SC

“My Dear Uncle Ken,We new you all our life's . We are sad you are not here anymore. We wish sad times would never come, but sad times are part of our...Read More »
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Kenneth J. Stangel, 85, of Onawa, Iowa, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont, Nebraska.

A funeral mass will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa, with Father Michael Erpelding, Celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow in the Onawa Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the David McNeill American Legion Post #129 of Onawa. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, June 19, 2017, with a scriptural prayer service at 7:00 P.M., at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Kenneth Joseph Stangel was born on March 11, 1932, in Howells, Nebraska, the son of Joseph G. and Adella "Ida" (Zastera) Stangel. The family later moved to Onawa, Iowa, 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 – 1956.

Kenny married Mary Lou Doran on December 28, 1954, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

After their marriage, the couple was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia, 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 – 1968. He then worked at the Onawa State Bank from 1968 until 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 – 1970, and received his master's degree from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin, 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, NE and Joe and Lori Stangel of New Ulm, MN; six grandchildren, Chris, Mark, Pat, and Laura Dutton, and Ella and Emmie Stangel; one sister, Marlene and Don McCall of Charter Oak, IA; and two sisters-in-law, Diane Stangel of Onawa, IA, and Judy "Stangel" Baker of Boise, ID.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Stangel on November 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.

Condolences may be left online for the family atwww.rushfamilycareservice.com

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