Kenneth J Grenzer
Oct. 3, 1941 - Feb. 25, 2020
Hilbert, WI
Funeral Service:
Monday, Mar. 9, 2020
11:30 am
Holy Family Catholic Church
1100 W. Ryan St
Brillion, WI 54110
Funeral Visitation:
Monday, Mar. 9, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Holy Family Catholic Church
1100 W. Ryan St.
Brillion, WI 54110
Kenneth J Grenzer
Hilbert, WI

Kenneth J. “Ken” Grenzer, age 78, of Hilbert, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at his home in Hilbert.  He was born October 3, 1941, son of the late John & Ruth (Schmitz) Grenzer.  He married Elizabeth “Betty” Jensen on November 25, 1961 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert; she preceded him in death on February 13, 2015.

Beginning at the age of 18, Ken worked at Chilton Metal Products for 47 years until his retirement.  During his retirement years, he worked part time for various places, but especially enjoyed his time working for Bob Miller Trucking.  For much of his life, Ken also ran Ken’s Tax Service helping many clients over the years.  

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and was a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 20 years.  Being civic minded, Ken also served on the Village Board for Hilbert.  

Ken was the consummate family man who devoted his life to his wife, Betty, and loved to go camping with her every chance he could.  He also loved to follow his children and grandchildren in the sporting events and other activities they were all involved in.  

Survivors include his children: Theron Grenzer, Joel (Michelle) Grenzer, Tonya (Scott) Kratz, Aric (Andrea) Grenzer, Jason (Shelley) Grenzer, Nathan (Souji) Grenzer, Jennifer (Bruce) Eichmeier, Natasha (Christian) Proctor; his grandchildren: Tyler & Taylor Reeves, Karlie (Alex) Mandel, Jena Sieckert, Rachel & Katie Kratz, Alandra, Addison Grenzer, Carson and Kendrix Grenzer, Austin, Autumn & Ava Cullen, Anjali Grenzer, Dominic, McKenna Eichmeier; a great grandchild: Navy Mandel; his siblings: Joan (Mike) Slominski, Barbara (Lon) Schroeder, Charles (Marlene) Grenzer; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Kurt Myers, Robert Suttner, Charles Jensen, Eugene Jensen and his special friend, Stella, Elmer Jensen, Jane (Paul) Thiel, Barbara (Gary) Nennig, Alice (Levant) Purdy, & Bob (Mary) Eichmeier.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Betty; his sisters: Carol Suttner, Marguerite Myers & Mary (Joe) Schomisch; and his sister-in-law: Karen Eichmeier.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church (1100 W Ryan St.) in Brillion with Rev. Tom Pomeroy officiating.  Entombment will be in the Knollwood Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until 11:00 am on Monday, March 9, 2020. 
We want to extend our sympathies to all the family. Ken was a very nice man and will be missed by so many.

Jeff and Kathy Deeley (Old Neighbors/Friends) - Mar. 17, 2020

Goodbye to a special friend.
As I view the pictures of Ken’s life I’m reminded how quickly time passes and how important the simple things in life are. I’ve known Ken for over 30 years, both as a business associate and as a friend, and great memories abound.

When I first went into business, I solicited business from Chilton Metal Products. Ken was the shipping supervisor so our contact was on a daily basis, us providing trucks for hire, and Ken providing loads to all corners of this great country. What I admired most about Ken was the honesty in which he conducted business with us, always being “upfront” and never making excuses for a load that cancelled. I think in the twenty plus years of doing business with Ken, we never had a disagreement that we couldn’t settle.

The second phase of our relationship took place when Ken retired from Chilton Metal and agreed to work with us on a part time basis in New Holstein. I could never arrive early enough to beat Ken to the office. I think the only time I arrived before Ken was the morning he hit a deer on the way to work! Ken was with us for 11 years, years that turned out to be the best time for our company. With Jan handling the day to day financial needs of the company and Ken working in dispatch, it allowed me the freedom of being back on the road. I loved the road and was always confident that things were being handled professionally in New Holstein.

When we were able to downsize the company and sell our warehouse, Ken was able to travel to Florida and Arizona where we spent time in the winter. We so enjoyed his company, whether it was a bit of Kesslers on the patio, sharing a dinner somewhere, or just taking in the local scenery.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to Ken’s family and I share in the sorrow the family is experiencing. Ken was special to all of us and we surely miss him. I don’t remember a day gone by that Ken failed to bring Betty into the conversation after her passing! I truly believe he’s now reunited with the love of his life and they’re once again sitting around the campfire!

Ken, you brought joy to family and friends. We take comfort in the fact that your friendship was special to all of us, and we’ll cherish your time with us.

Bob Miller (Friend and co-worker) - Mar. 5, 2020

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