Kenneth D. Plihal, age 74, of Glencoe, formerly of Hutchinson, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Glencoe Long Term Care Center.
He was born Aug. 3, 1938, in Hutchinson, the son of Daniel and Mildred (Tepley) Plihal. Kenneth was baptized Oct. 9, 1938, at Faith Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Joseph Leksa; and confirmed at the same church by Rev. William Kovar.
As a young boy, Kenneth only spoke Czech, and had to learn English in the Kaminsky school, which he attended through sixth grade. He then went on to, and graduated from Hutchinson schools.
While in high school, Ken was involved in 4-H and raised pigs as his project.
Kenneth married Janet M. Talberg May 5, 1962, at the Princeton Methodist Church. Their marriage was blessed with four children.
Ken enjoyed fishing and hunting, was a church board member, served on the board of directors for Gopher Campfire, was a member of the Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club, and also a member of the Hutchinson Legion Club.
At one time, he owned a small store in Hutchinson called The Milkhouse, where he sold miscellaneous items, including milk in glass bottles.
Kenneth enjoyed working in his shop and growing asparagus. He was known to many as “the asparagus man.” He also enjoyed tending his lawn and growing flowers, especially gladiolas and iris.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janet M. Plihal; children, Connie (Jim) Pavlish of Glencoe, Cheryl (Chad) Moore, of Conifer, CO, and Brad Plihal of Glencoe; his grandchildren, Nicholas Plihal, Tyler Plihal and Travis Plihal; great-grandchildren Will Plihal and Brianna Plihal; sisters-in-law Carol (Dave) Travis, Phyllis Hilgart and Pat Malcolm, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter JulieAnn Plihal; sister Karen (David “Butch”) Susdorf; nephew Mike Susdorf; brother-in-law Richard Malcolm; and step-mother Helen Plihal.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, Silver Lake, with visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Mark Ford officiated, and interment was at Presbyterian Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Urn bearers were Nicholas Plihal, Tyler Plihal, and Travis Plihal.
The Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake, served the family. On-line condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome.com.