Vernon Lawrence Stenzel, 96, Ness City, formerly of Bazine, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Ness City.
He was born Feb. 21, 1920, to Victor and Olinda Stenzel, in Russell. He was a 1938 graduate of Bazine High School.
He married Delma Bondurant on Aug. 7, 1941. She preceded him in death. He raised grain and cattle to provide for his family. However, his interests went far beyond time operating his farm. As a carpenter, he built his home and helped remodel others; as a fisherman, he built a 14-foot Chris Craft boat and collected an array of fishing gear.
He enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, pitching horseshoes, hunting game, and dancing the two-step, waltz, and polka.
He was a leader and teacher as he served as Scoutmaster in local boy scout troop, watched his children’s and grandchildren’s activities through the years, fishing, camping, and playing cards with family and friends. After retiring, they spent even more time enjoying their favorite activities, extending into the winter months at lakes in Arizona and Texas.
Survivors include a son, Rick Stenzel and wife, Deb, Ness City; three daughters, Karen Brown, Long Beach, Calif., Bonnie Legg and husband, Joseph, Niantic, Conn., and Patti Pfannenstiel and husband, Tim, Salina; nine grandchildren, Steven Brown, Stephanie Kenny, Kirsten Aghen, Jeffrey Legg, Elizabeth Maes, Andrew Stenzel, James Stenzel, Dusty Pfannenstiel and Josh Pfannenstiel; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph; and a sister-in-law, Joanne Stenzel.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church followed by a light reception.
Friends can call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Family visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church or Cedar Village Long Term Care, in care of the funeral home.