Kenneth Dean Zuehl, 77

Published 9:37 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kenneth Dean Zuehl, 77, of Osage, Iowa, formerly of Toeterville, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Mitchell County Regional Health Center Hospice Unit after succumbing to complications of dementia/Alzheimer’s. Memorial services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Osage with Rev. Roy Ott officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar.



Ken “Dean” was born on Aug 7, 1936, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Bublitz) Zuehl on a farm south of Osage. He was baptized on Aug. 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church Grafton, Iowa. He was confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Toeterville. He attended the last one-room school in Union Township until it closed and he finished his education at St. Ansgar Community School. He graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1954. During the summers of high school he worked for Leo Jass near Garner, Iowa.

After graduation, he began working for Toeterville Co-op Elevator where he continued to work after the elevator was sold to Huntting. He stayed with the elevator through Agra and Northern Country Co-op. He retired in 1998, after working for 44 years.

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In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary (Johnson). Four children were born to this union. Bonnie (Joe Sr.) Blake of Osage; Don (Lisa Tolle-Moss) of Manly; Jim (Louann) of Toeterville; and Terrie Novack and friend Morgan White Jr. of Boston, Mass.

Ken was a faithful member at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Toeterville for many years before moving to Osage and becoming a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. After retirement Ken and Mary spent winters in Arizona City, Ariz., where they attended Central Lutheran Church.

When Ken was not working, he enjoyed fishing with his father, brothers, and friends. When his children were young, he took them hunting, as well. He enjoyed traveling in his retirement. He visited Arizona, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island seeing family and friends. He was an avid “Saints” fan and went to see his grandsons play football and basketball. He enjoyed watching all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in sporting events. He could be heard from the stands yelling for his Zuehls.

He is survived by his wife, children, 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, brothers, sister, and many nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents, his in-laws, and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, North Iowa Hospice, or the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements by Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, 641-713-4920,