Kenneth Harry Wenger, 72, of Winona, died Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. Ken was born August 25, 1945 in Winona to Harry and Rose (Dejno) Wenger.
Ken's favorite pastimes were fishing and spending time with his many friends and family. Although he enjoyed all seasons, his favorite time of year was always Christmas which for him always had traditions around it including seeing family, church, and cooking the tradition Polish food he loved. Always a social person, he enjoyed being around people which extended to his love of Twin's baseball and attending games with his kids. After 30+ years in the Army and Winona's local 407th Army Reserve unit he retired in 1992. His military time included tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm. In his post military life he remained committed to his fellow Veteran's by spending much of his free time volunteering at the Winona VFW.
Ken is survived by his children, Chris (Candace) Wenger, Mike (Brenda) Wenger, Nick Wenger; grandchildren, Ashley, Victoria, Sophie, Katarina; siblings, Gary (Sandy) Wenger, Robert (Martha) Wenger, Barbara (Ronald) Hesch; adopted sisters, Barbara Appel and Katherine Wenger. He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant sibling.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona with visitation two-hours prior. Following the mass, military honors will be performed by the VFW at St. Mary's Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Please leave a memory of Ken and view his tribute video at hofffuneral.com.
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Kenny was a kind man with a tremendously huge heart! My sympathies to his family - I know he will be missed. Janann
It was an honor to have served with you Kenny.
Kenny was always ready with a good word or a good deed. As a child, I remember our visits to Winona and how he and my dad would get Aunt Rose and mom going with the Polish jokes. He always had time for me; taking me to see the trains, going fishing, or just visiting when I came into town. I will miss you Ken.
My fondest memory of Ken was from Boy Scouts of America, and I think I speak for all in Troop 11 during the mid to late 80's. When it was time to go for the required Board of Review to advance in rank, and you learned Sargent Wenger was on the board. You got anxious and crammed because he was not easy on anyone, even his own nephew. But, I guess that is how a young man learns. From all the past board of review victims of Troop 11.... rest in peace Sargent Ken. :)
I will never forget all those times sitting at my dining room table playing cribbage with you. You always made me laugh and made it feel like everything was right in the world. I am going to miss playing cribbage, but most of all, I am going to miss you. I love you so much.
Hesch and Wenger Families,
Even though I did not know your loved one personally, I always saw him around town. Kathy, know that your brother is watching you from heaven. Keep your infectious smile going for him.
Will miss you my friend and fishing buddy.
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