Kenneth Wayne Menzel, Sr., known to all as Kenny, of Lonedell, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on September 25, 2019, having reached the age of sixty-two years, four months and twenty-eight days. Kenny was born in St. Louis, MO, on April 27, 1957, son of George Edward Menzel and Patricia Jeanne Menzel nee Keck. On December 18, 1978, he was united in marriage to Debra Ann Stege, known to all as Debbie, and two children came to bless this union.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Debbie Menzel of Lonedell, MO; by his children, Jennifer Collenbaugh and husband, Jeramia, of Plainfield, IN and Kenneth W. Menzel, Jr,, known to all as Kenny, of Lonedell; by three grandchildren, Ryan and Jack Menzel of Lonedell and Keigon Collenbaugh of Plainfield; by two brothers, Eddie Menzel and wife, Bev, of Monrovia, IN and Jerry Menzel and wife, Judy, of Grubville, MO; by two sister, Patty Thurston and husband, Tony, of Villa Ridge, MO, and Kathy Bolin and husband, Jeff, of St. Peters, MO; by two half- sisters, Chris Furr and husband, Matt, of St. Louis, MO and Stacey Graybill and husband, Steve, of Valley Park, MP; by two aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Kenny had grown up in Lonedell, but for about ten years, he and Debbie had made Indiana their home. It was during those years that he and his brother Eddie had owned and operated their own auto body shop. Kenny was an artist in many ways. He could sketch and draw and he was truly an artist in his skill at auto body repair. He had won national competitions for the work he performed in painting and car restoration and many of his cars were showcased in auto magazines. He had worked for various shops after returning to Lonedell, including 5th and Oak in Washington, MO and Meramec Heights Body Shop in Arnold, MO. For several years, Kenny took a break from the auto body industry, owning and operating his own construction company, having built a spec home in Washington. He was a perfectionist at any task he took on and could build and fix anything. He was an outdoorsman at heart and hunting and fishing were favorite pastimes. Spending time on the river, riding his four-wheeler, and gardening were other hobbies. Ken enjoyed reading and studying about plants that were edible or had medicinal properties. He and Debbie had loved to travel to the mountains and other Western states. Kenny was truly a family man and his children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 2;00 PM on Saturday, September 29, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Dean Hollenbech officiating. Private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family.