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Kenneth E. Picha, 74

Kenneth “Kenny” Earl Picha, age 74, of Glencoe, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

He was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Glencoe, the son of Edward and Christine (Lindholm) Picha. Kenneth was baptized as an infant April 5, 1942, and confirmed in his faith as a youth May 29, 1955, both at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe.

Kenny graduated from Glencoe High School, class of 1959.

He was united in marriage to Karen Krohn May 5, 1962, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato. The couple made their home in Glencoe.

Kenny and Karen’s marriage was blessed with two children, Kendall and Kathy. The couple shared over 53 years of marriage.

Kenny worked as a welder at Schwartz Manufacturing, and then at Lester Inc. as a trucker, retiring in 1996, after suffering from a stroke.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, where he served as a trustee on the education building project.

Kenny enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, deer hunting, fishing, and building things. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Picha of Glencoe; children Kendall Picha and his wife, Jean, of Glencoe, and Kathy “Kate” Kishish and her husband, CJ, of Hastings; grandchildren Amber Picha and her fiancé, Mike Moen; Zachary Picha, Tyler Picha, Connor Chapman, Kayla Chapman, and Abigail Kishish; and great-grandson, Mason Moen.

Kenny is further survived by a brother, Ralph Picha and his wife, Carol of Glencoe; sisters Carol Adams of Glencoe, and Marlys Schiller of Merrifield; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Christine Picha; brothers Harvey and Lowell Picha; and grandchildren, Kelly Jo Picha and Luke Chapman.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, with interment following at the church cemetery. Pastor Tyson Mastin officiated, and Cheryl Andrix was the organist. Soloist Justin Rierson sang “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “Old Rugged Cross.”

Urn bearers were Zachary Picha, Tyler Picha, Connor Chapman, Paul Alberts, Randy Adams, and Dave Uecker.

Amber Picha, Kayla Chapman, and Abigail Kishish were honorary urn bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online Obituaries and Guestbook available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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