Kenneth Walter Pawelk, age 77, of rural Montrose, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Woodland Township, Wright County, the son of Fred and Elsie Mielke Pawelk.
Kenneth graduated from Watertown High School in 1953.
He honorably served his country in the National Guard.
Kenneth was joined in holy marriage with Germaine H. O’Connell May 4, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with four children: Richard “Rick,” Terry, Tamara “Tammy,” and Barry.
Kenneth engaged in dairy farming for many years. He worked hard side-by-side with his wife, Germaine. He took great pride in farming and spent his entire life on the family homestead.
Kenneth enjoyed his cattle, raising corn, driving the combine, and watching Westerns.
He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and was a great cook.
Kenneth was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, but most recently had attended the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.
Kenneth served 34 years as a supervisor for Woodland Township, and was chairman of the Woodland Township Board for 29 years. He also served as a state fire warden.
Kenneth is survived by his loving children: Richard “Rick” (Terri) Pawelk of Watertown, Terry (Diane) Pawelk of Ramsey, Tamara “Tammy” (Steve) Kassulker of New Germany, and Barry (Lori) Pawelk of Montrose; 10 grandchildren: Reed (Katie) Pawelk, Paige (Matt) Lynch, Abby Pawelk, Samantha Pawelk, Dustin Pawelk, Kenneth “Kenny” Pawelk, Ryan Kassulker, Hailey Kassulker, Danny Pawelk and Casey Pawelk; and three great-grandchildren: Owen Pawelk, Walter Lynch and Lilly Dahl.
He is further survived by brothers Orville (Bonnie) Pawelk of New Germany, Eldon (Barbara) Pawelk of Montrose, and Eldor (Joan) Pawelk of Maple Lake; a sister, Pricilla (Wayne) Sievert of Eau Claire, WI; a sister-in-law, Adeline Pawelk of Hutchinson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, including his favorite dog “Chuckie.”
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elsie Pawelk; his wife, Germaine H. Pawelk Nov. 11, 2012; a sister, Friedolla Pawelk; and by three brothers: Willard (Bernice) Pawelk, Glennard Pawelk, and DeLloyd (Elaine) Pawelk.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Joseph Fink as the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.
Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted; and continued Thursday morning, one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Casket bearers were Gene Janikula, Dan Pawelk, Dustin Pawelk, Kenny Pawelk, Ryan Kassulker, Casey Bruggemeier, and Shane Bruggemeier.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.