Kenneth Kwakkel

Date of Death: Feb 25, 2021
Kenneth Kwakkel

1929 - 2021

Kenneth Kwakkel, 91, of Waupun, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his residence.

Ken was born May 26, 1929 in Waupun in Fond du Lac County, the son of Albert and Grace Peachey Kwakkel. On October 25, 1950 he married Phyllis Van Galen at her parents’ home. Following their marriage the couple resided in Brandon most of their married lives where Ken owned and operated Ken’s Repair Service. Upon selling the business he worked for the village of Brandon for three years and American Stores in Fairwater from which he retired. After Ken retired, he and Phyllis moved to the Neshkoro area and enjoyed all of the various wildlife on their land. They enjoyed worship at Waushara Community Church and were members of its Young at Hearts Club. They were also active at the Neshkoro Senior Center. The couple moved to Waupun in 2013 and are members of Edgewood Community Church. Ken was known for his delightful sense of humor.

Ken is survived by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis Kwakkel of Waupun; children: David Kwakkel of rural Brandon, Diane (Rich) Bille of rural Brandon, Dawn (Larry) Doyle of the USA, and Dusty (Kathy) Kwakkel of Fond du Lac; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Ken was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard Kwakkel; his sister, Dorothy Tuinstra; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Kwakkel.


Private family services will be held.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Agnesian Hospice Hope in Fond du Lac.

Memorial Video

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  1. Phillip VANDEKOLK Says: February 26, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Dear Phyllis and family,
    Our sincere sympathy. So many fond memories of Ken. I will never forget him
    “Crow cawing” over the fence down to my Dad. Loved his humor.
    Thinking of you.
    Sincerely, Sue and Phil VandeKolk

    • Dawn Doyle Says: March 2, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks, yes we have so many great memories with your family. Joint family trips, picnics. Our Dads hunting and fishing together!

      The good ole days!

  2. Ralph whiting Says: February 26, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    So sorry to read about your dad’s passing. We did use Kens Repair when we lived in Brandon when I was a teacher there in the 1960s. You may remember me as I taught 7 and 8 grades. Our thoughts are with you. Take care.

  3. Kathy and Joe Dorvinen Says: February 28, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Dawn, Larry and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad must have been an amazing man to have raised such a caring and loving family. He will always be with you and watching over you. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  4. To the family, Bob and I are so sorry To hear about your dad. God Bless You and your family

  5. Jeffrey oelke Says: February 28, 2021 at 10:08 am

    To Dave kwakkel and the rest of the Kwakkel family very sorry for your loss.our prayers are with you.Jeff and Lisa.

  6. Vic n Bonnie (Wetzel) Luther Says: February 28, 2021 at 10:11 am

    To ~ Phyllis & Family,

    Sorry to see about Ken’s passing.

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    Ken was an inspiration to everyone he met!

  7. Jackie Gibson Says: March 2, 2021 at 11:34 am

    So sorry for your loss. I have many memories of our time with Young At Heart. Sending prayer and love.

  8. Karen Thiel and Family Says: March 2, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Oh my GOD what a guy.Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
    Always remember that,in spirit he is with you always
    He will be missed

  9. Jack Vande Zande Says: March 2, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    May God comfort and bring you peace during this time. I have so many memories of going to Ken’s Repair in Brandon with my dad. Sometimes I think Dad just came to visit Ken just to get a laugh. Dad always shared humorous stories of Ken’s antics and jokes while attending “Couples Club” at Bethel church when they had fun nights. Kenny certainly lifted the spirits of many people during his lifetime. May God bless you!

  10. Christine Mittelstaedt Says: March 8, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I am so grateful I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful, loving man and his wife and family. Such a sense of humor he had and so thoughtful of others. May his family take comfort in knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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