Kenneth Louis Bayerl, age 74, of Winsted, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born Oct. 29, 1942, at his home in Winsted, the fifth of 12 children born to Frank and Mary (Artmann) Bayerl.
Kenneth was joined in holy marriage with Sandra L. Fasching April 4, 1964, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.
Ken was a faithful, lifetime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Winsted, and attended Holy Trinity Catholic School.
He honorably served our country in the US Army Reserves.
Ken was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He worked at Lester’s Inc., and then was a manager at Poly Foam. Ken then started farming, which was his true passion.
After retirement, he worked with Larry Vealetzek, and this is where he was finally able to pursue his favorite hobby, woodworking. Ken was able to create and build anything he had a picture of and/or measurements.
His favorite things were winters in Texas, coffee with friends and brothers at the Blue Note, camping (with morning walks meeting new people and making sure all their campers were level), golfing, fishing, and four-wheeling. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Ken is survived by his loving wife and companion of 53 years, Sandy Bayerl; children Lynn (Kevin) Benz of Eagan, and Lori (Rocky) Dehmlow of Shakopee; grandchildren Caleb and Claire Benz, and Max and Elise Dehmlow; siblings Raymond (Carol) Bayerl, Donald (Jane) Bayerl, James (Doris) Bayerl, Rosemary Weber, Janet (Jim) Johnston, Robert (Jane) Bayerl, Melvin (Jenny) Bayerl, Clemens (Diane) Bayerl, Mary Jane (Glenn) Ehrke, Shirley Lefebvre and Ann (Floyd) Fenske; sister-in-law Carol (Bruce) Hertzog; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary (Artmann) Bayerl; a baby sister; father- and mother-in-law Isidore “Spoke” and Elderine Fasching; brothers-in-law Melvin Schroeder, and Charles Weber; sister-in-law Jeanette Bayerl; and nephew Paul Fenske.
A Celebration of Life service took place Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. The eulogy was given by Caleb Benz. Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass; and the vocalist was Jim Neumann. Reader for the Mass was Kim Shepard. Private inurnment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
There was a time of gathering from 2 to 5 p.m., prior to the service, at the church.
Urn bearer was Dale Rannow.
Honorary bearers were Ken’s brothers: Raymond, Donald, James, Robert, Melvin, and Clemens Bayerl.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.