Kenneth G. Oelrich

Kenneth G. Oelrich, 64, of Fayette, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Fayette Community Church with Pastor Andrew Sayer officiating. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting Kenneth’s family. 

Kenneth Glenn, son of Donald and Joyce (Linn) Oelrich was born July 4, 1950, in Manchester, Iowa. He was a 1968 graduate of Starmont High School where he was class valedictorian. He graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a B.S. On June 25, 1983, he was united in marriage with Loyce Potratz in Oelwein. Kenneth taught school briefly, farmed and milked cows most of his life. He also sold Moorman Feeds. He was a member of Farm Bureau and at one time served as treasurer for the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International. He loved to read, learn new things and was well-informed and up to date on current events. He also was an avid student of studying scriptures.

In addition to his wife Loyce of Fayette, he is survived by three children, Jedidiah, Joshua, and Abigail Oelrich all of Fayette; three siblings, Jerry Oelrich of Lamont, Judy (Gary) Hansen of Estherville, and James (Linda) Oelrich of Strawberry Point; and his step-mother, Hilda Oelrich of Fayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Jan (Peschong) Mathieu on March 11, 2015 at 8:36 AM said:

So sorry to hear this. I went to schoolwith Kenny. Always tried to beat him on tests but it rarely hAppened. He was so smart. My sympathy to the family. Takdn much too young.
Paul F. Hahn on March 8, 2015 at 12:20 PM said:

I just today heard the sad news of Ken's passing. Kenny was one of my first friends as we began school at Lamont. We both graduated from Starmont with the Class of 1968. I asked Kenny countless times for help with my math homework! I'm sure it annoyed him at times, but he was always so kind and helpful. My sympathies to his family.
Michael Chesher/Luther College on March 7, 2015 at 12:18 PM said:

Everyone in the Luther College Clarinet Studio would like to express sincere condolences to Abbey for the loss of your father. And we are sure that there are many others here who feel the same way. We all look forward to the opportunity to tell you so in person.
Denise & Ron Schneider Family on March 6, 2015 at 6:36 PM said:

We would like to extend our sympathy to your family. I have fond memories of milking cows with Kenny. He was an extremely intelligent man.
Marcia McKelvey on March 6, 2015 at 1:29 PM said:

Dear Abbey and family,
Our hearts go out to you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. From your friends at Vesterheim.
Julie Trebon on March 6, 2015 at 6:18 AM said:

Loyce, so sorry to hear this. Ken will be greatly missed. May all the wonderful memories you created together help you get through this terrible time.
Julie Ahrens on March 6, 2015 at 3:37 AM said:

Our sympathies to Ken's family! He will be missed by all of us. Prayers to all for comfort at this time.
David & Cheryl Hanson on March 5, 2015 at 3:46 PM said:

Loyce and family,
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We will be praying for strength for your family. He will be dearly missed.
Leanna Roepke on March 5, 2015 at 2:18 PM said:

I'm a former classmate. Sorry for your loss.

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