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Kenneth LeRoy Apel

March 8, 1928 October 19, 2014
Kenneth LeRoy Apel
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Obituary for Kenneth LeRoy Apel

Worthington, MN


      Kenneth LeRoy Apel was born on March 8, 1928, in Worthington, MN, the son of Fred and Bessie (Adolph) Apel. He was raised on a farm north of Worthington and attended country school District 8 and graduated from Worthington High School in 1946.

      On December 9, 1949, Kenneth was united in marriage to Minnie J. Schlapkohl at the Mission Baptist Church in Worthington. They made their home on the Apel Century Farm, where Kenneth lived his entire life until September 19, 2014, when he became a resident of South Shore Care Center in Worthington.

      In 1962, Kenneth started working at Armour’s Meat Packing Plant while continuing to farm. He retired from farming and Armour’s in 1982 after suffering a heart attack. He then kept busy with woodworking, vegetable gardening, fishing, hunting, and watching the Twins and Vikings. In his younger years, he played softball and bowled for the Worthington Church of the Brethren where he was a lifetime member.

      Kenneth passed away Sunday evening, October 19, 2014, at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington. He attained the age of 86 years, 7 months, and 11 days.

      Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Minnie and their four children, Dennis Apel of Worthington, MN, Teryl (Lynda) Apel of Rochester, MN, Lori (Gary) Manzer of Willmar, MN, and Kandace (Dennis) Becker of Mahtomedi, MN; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren, and one sister, Mary (Jim) Slater of Worthington, MN.

      He was preceded in death by his parents.

      Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Worthington Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Del Bolluyt officiating. Burial will be in the Elk Brethren Cemetery near Reading, MN.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 5:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

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