Ellendale, N.D.: Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Dec. 5 with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale.
The funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale, with Pastor Tyson Labuhn officiating. Burial will be in the spring. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel.
Kenneth "Kenny" Edward Kosel, 72, of Ellendale, N.D., was born Dec. 25, 1937, in Ellendale, N.D. He was the son of Edward and Emilia (Pfeifle) Kosel. Kenny was baptized on May 1, 1938, by Rev. Vomhoff and confirmed on Oct. 28, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale. Kenny was educated at country school. As a young man, Kenny began working for Wendell and Dorothy Olson on their farm.
In 1957, Kenny entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1959. He then began working for Doug Houghton at Houghton's Meat Market in Ellendale. On Nov. 13, 1959, Kenny married Betty Heintzman in Redfield, S.D. From 1967 to 1970, Kenny worked at the Long Lake Meat Market in Long Lake, S.D. In 1970, Kenny began working as a meat cutter for Ulmer's Jack & Jill in Ellendale.
On March 22, 1975, while on vacation from Jack & Jill, Kenny graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Mont. He continued to work for Jack & Jill until 1985, when he purchased Houghton's Meat Market in Ellendale, which he operated until March 30, 1996. After the closing of the Meat Market, Kenny began working at Char's Super Valu in Ellendale, where he received numerous awards for outstanding quality in the meat department, until 2000. Kenny then continued auctioneering and ranching until the time of his death on Nov. 26, 2010, at his home in rural Ellendale.
Kenny enjoyed auctioneering, baling hay, working on the farm, spending time with his family and grandchildren, antiques, singing and listening to music (especially Gene Autry), storytelling and riding horse. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale and served as a trustee for 3 years. He was a member of the Forbes American Legion and board member of Whitestone Battlefield Association and the Ellendale O.P.E.R.A.
Kenny is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty, Ellendale, N.D.; two sons: Todd (Loni) Kosel, Edgeley, N.D., Russell (Merle) Kosel, Ellendale, N.D.; two daughters: Carmen (Mike) Divine, Mesa, Ariz., Holly (Chris) Carr, Redfield, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: Don (Claudette) Kosel, Ashley, N.D., Ron (Maxine) Kosel, Ellendale, N.D.; four sisters: Shirley Strand, Linton, N.D., Bernice (Norman) Kruckenberg, Enumclaw, Wash., Evelyn (Iver) Oster, Enumclaw, Wash., Carol Kosel, Ellendale, N.D.; three sisters-in-law: Kathy Kosel, Ellendale, N.D., Lucy (Dave) Braach, Missoula, Mont., Sandy (Dennis) Jacobson, Oakes, N.D.; one brother-in-law: Brian (Holly) Salo, Montpelier, N.D.; 29 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law; one brother, Howard Kosel; one sister, Debra Kosel; one nephew, Kent Kruckenberg; three brothers-in-law: Edward Strand, Herman Kuebler, Art Tabbert; and one sister-in-law, Julia Tabbert. hovenfuneralchapel.com