Kenneth Zangerle

Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm


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Aug. 17, 1936 – March 30, 2013

Kenneth Zangerle, age 76, of Hopkinton, died at his home on Saturday, March 30, 2013 . 

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 4, 2013 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton, at 10:30 a.m.,  with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery.  Fr. John Kremer officiated at the services.   Friends called from 4-8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church on Wednesday. 

Kenneth Zangerle was born Aug. 17, 1936 in Sumner, Iowa. He was the son of  Frank J. and Ellen (Mulvihill) Zangerle.  

Ken graduated from the Hopkinton High School with the class of 1954. He enlisted in the United States Army in January of 1957, where he served as an Infantryman in Korea and Ft. Lewis, Washington.  He returned home from the service and married Maxine Smith  at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sand Springs on Oct. 17, 1959.  The couple made their first home in the Buck Creek area before moving to a Hopkinton acreage.  

In his younger days, Ken operated a milk can route, hauling to the Hopkinton Creamery and was also a farmer.  Later, he worked at Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids, Cuckler Buildings in Monticello,  and Guetzko Construction in Manchester.  He retired in 1999. 

A great conversationalist and debater, Ken loved to take the side of the underdog.  Some of his best debates were sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of black coffee, a cigarette in hand and his sandbox friend John Sackett or sitting at Triple C with Big Daddy Chuck Bacon. These three men could easily solve the world problems, all you had to do was ask.

A prideful man without boasting, Ken took great pride in pointing out a building or bridge that he had worked on, most notably the wooden bridge in Hazelton’s Fontana Park and the Delhi Dam (the part that is still standing).  A patriotic man at heart, he was proud to have all of his children serve their country whether active duty or in support of the troops.

Surviving are six children, Charles (Paula) Zangerle, Manchester,    Mary Zangerle, Carroll, Lorraine Zangerle, Mons, Belgium, William (Nina) Zangerle, Lisbon, Edward Zangerle, Burlington, Texas, David Zangerle, Marion; nine grandchildren, Christina, Ashley, Cedar, Cyrus, Caan, Brad, Greg, Jenny and Shanna; six siblings, Douglas (Colleen) Zangerle, Solon, Sandy (Tom) Dupler, Cedar Rapids, Joyce Keely, Colorado, Virginia Forrest, Marion, Herschel (Shelley) Zangerle, Marengo, Greydon (Kristin) Zangerle, Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine, in 1996; a sister, Judy; a sister-in-law, Shirley Riniker; and two brothers-in-law,  Lynn Forrest and Walter Kraus. 

Goettsch Funeral Home is caring for Ken and his family.   Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.     

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