Kenneth D. Hogrefe, age 72, of Kingsley, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019 doing what he loved to do in his retirement years which was helping a friend complete spring field work. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 3:30 PM at the Kingsley Community Center of Kingsley. Burial will be at a later date at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel. A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Moville.
Kenneth D. Hogrefe was born September 17, 1946 to Helmuth “Pat” Conrad and Arline (Rohlk) Hogrefe. He graduated from Holstein High School with the class of 1964. Kenny joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 with the 101st Division. While there he was awarded a bronze medal for his service. Upon returning from Vietnam he was stationed at Fort Collins, CO until 1972 where he married Deb Conover.
Kenny and Deb returned to Kingsley, Iowa where he ran the Phillips 66 Station for his father-in-law, Claude Conover. During this time Kenny finished his degree at Wayne State College. Upon graduation he was employed at Sioux Valley Savings and Loan as a Branch Manager until they closed their doors in 1989. Kenny then worked at the Farmers Elevator in Kingsley for seven years before retiring with United Bank of Iowa after 15 years where he enjoyed working with his clients.
Kenny was active in the community as an EMT, fireman, school bus driver and he helped serve Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the American Legion for 44 years as the Adjutant General. He was an avid Iowa State fan, enjoyed fishing at Pierre with Steve and Patti Engle, golfing on Mondays for Senior League, 1:00 P.M. golfing in Kingsley with the gang, Friday night fish fry’s, and last but not least, Dairy Queen.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Deb of Kingsley, IA; sons, Pat (Jennifer) of Peosta, IA and Eric (Mandy) of West Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Ashton, Mya and Aiden of Peosta, IA and Torey, Easton, and Tucker of West Des Moines, IA; great-granddaughter, Paisleigh; brother, Delane (Linda) Hogrefe of Battle Creek, IA; sister, Patti (Jeff) Sims of La Vista, NE; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Arline Hogrefe and parents-in-law, Claude and Eckey Conover; twin sister, Karen; sister, Anna Lorenzen; and nephew, Matt Conover.
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