Kenneth A. Henschen, 86

Kenneth A. Henschen, 86, of New Bremen, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in New Knoxville.

He was the son of Adolph and Lydia (Stienecker) Henschen.

On June 2, 1956, he married Peggy Speckman who survives in New Bremen.  Also surviving are his children, Kathy Manbeck of New Bremen and Kent (Kathy) Henschen of Rockford, Ill.; his grandchildren, Erin (Joe) Rammel and Cody Manbeck, both of New Bremen and Evan, Erica and Derek Henschen, all of Rockford, Ill.; and his great-grandchildren, Jackson and Harper Rammel and a number of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his siblings and in-laws, Paul and Norma Henschen, Byrdell and John Talley and Marian and Lester Elshoff.

Henschen was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen. He served as a bus driver for the Auglaize School (ABC Center) in New Bremen for over 20 years and had been the editor at the former New Bremen Sun Newspaper in New Bremen.

He owned and operated KEPEG Printing Co. in New Bremen for over 60 years and developed what is known today as “wedding programs” used across the entire country. Henschen served with the Merchant Marines during World War II and later served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, the Rev. Becky Erb Strang, officiating.  

Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.  

Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services Friday at the church.   

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