Harlen David Kegler, age 68, of Winsted, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
He was born Nov. 12, 1947, in Glencoe, becoming the son of Leonard and Irene (Schultz) Kegler.
Harlen attended Holy Trinity Elementary, and graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1965.
Harlen was joined in holy marriage with Gayle Elaine Shawn Aug. 1, 1991, at Bloomington Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Their marriage brought together a family with three children, Kimberly, Brian and Travis.
Harlen served in the Army Reserves for seven years as an infantryman, and was proud of his service to this country.
A talented carpenter and woodworker for his entire career, Harlen was a carpenter, both for Littfin Lumber and as an independent business owner. He was incredibly talented and generously shared his carpentry skills.
He was known as a gentle and caring man, with a good sense of humor.
Harlen participated in the Knights of Columbus organization for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Kegler; son Travis Kegler; step-children Kimberly (Joshua) Lester, and Brian (Jessica) Shawn; grandchildren DJ, Natasha, Kalisha, Amelia, Devin, Brody, and Finnegan; great-grandchild Nyaziah; sisters Marion (Donald) Lhotka, and Bonnie (Lannie) Grages; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Harlen was preceded in death by his father, Leonard B. Kegler in 1979; mother Irene A. Kegler in 2016; and sisters Roxanne Kegler in 1960, Janet Vacek in 2011, and Marlene Kulinski in 2015.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Kimberly Lester and Brian Shawn were readers for the Mass. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
There was visitation Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continuing Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m.
Pallbearers were Thomas Vacek, John Vacek, Kyle Kulinski, Josh Zangl, Reed Birkholz, and Bert Hertzog.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.