In Memory of

Kenneth Edwin Kistenmacher

July 1, 1955 - March 11, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA
Kenneth Edwin Kistenmacher, the son of Edwin and Katherine (Spiese) Kistenmacher, went home to be with his heavenly father on March 11, 2019. He was born on July 1, 1955 in Cherokee, Iowa.

He spent his childhood years on the family farm in Diamond Township, Cherokee, County, south of Aurelia. He was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein, IA. He graduated in 1973, from Aurelia High School as valedictorian. He attended Iowa State University for engineering but returned to farm with his father.

In the fall of 1974, he met his love and best friend Jan Hiniker cruising the loop in Cherokee. He was united in marriage to Jan on August 27, 1977 at I.C. Catholic Church in Cherokee. Following their marriage they lived and farmed south of Aurelia on the family farm for 30 years, until moving to Cherokee in August of 2008. He worked at the Cherokee Landfill for 20 years until his death.

Ken loved his children and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed old cars, all movies, and rock music. You could often find him puttering in his yard and shop.

Ken and Jan were blessed with two children: Kristi (Benjamin) Held and grandchildren, Alexandria and Edmund, of Coralville, IA, and Keith Kistenmacher and Hannah Haas, of Windsor Heights, IA. Also to cherish his memory are brother, Steven Kistenmacher of Holstein, IA; sister, Sharon Lawrence of Holstein, IA; sister-in-law, Linda Hiniker of Cherokee, IA; his three nieces and nephew, Staci (Shaun) Mikulicz, Stephanie Haviland and son, Braden, Carolyn (Gregg) Goettsch, and Alan Kistenmacher. He is also survived by cousins and extended family and friends.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Katherine Kistenmacher; in-laws, Owen and Eileen Hiniker; and David Haviland.
Tribute Video

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Jim Kistenmacher
Honorary Bearers

Alexandria Held
Edmund Held
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Pianist- Kris Kistenmacher
Soloist- Jim Kistenmacher

"The Lord's Prayer"
"On Eagle's Wings"
At a later date.


Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:53 AM
“I’m so sorry Jan. I remember what good customers you and Ken were when I was on the mail route.”
- Howard Rupp
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 12:43 PM
“Jan and family, I am SO sorry to learn of Ken's passing. Words are so inadequate at this time, but I pray that your treasured memories of Ken will bring you comfort and peace. May God surround you with His presence through the words and actions of those who surround you during this time and in the days to come. May He grant you an abundance of peace, strength and comfort. My prayers and thoughts are with you. ”
- Margaret (Patten) Schultz
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Jan and family - we are so sorry for your loss! The video tribute was awesome. You are in our thoughts and prayers🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻”
- Cheryl and Dale Kaskey
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Jan, Sorry for Your loss. Our prayers are with You and families.”
- Margaret A Corzilius
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM
“Jan, we are so so very sorry to hear about Ken. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Big Hug. I so remember the time when you met him and Janet met Gary. The times of you guys driving around Cherokee. Take care. God Bless Love Billie and Gailyn”
- Billie Nehring
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers. For your family.”
- Mary Scott
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM
“Dearest Jan & family,

We are so very sorry for your loss and just devastated. You're amazing neighbors, we've loved you from day one, and blessed to know you. Sending our deepest condolences and sympathies.

April, Victor and family”
- April Ruble-Nichols
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM
“Dear Jan, we were so very sad to hear about Ken's passing. Know that our hearts are with you and your family. We too share in the grief of his passing, way too soon. May it help you to know that our deepest sympathy goes out to you at this very difficult time. ”
- Roger A. BraunRenee Braun
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM
“I am sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Through our work with the Cherokee Landfill, I had the opportunity to visit with Ken a few times. He always had a smile and kind greetings. ”
- Jeff Phillips
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM
“Jan, So sorry to hear of your husband Ken's passing. I wish to extend my sincere and deepest sympathy to you, your family, and Linda. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead and may peace surround you at this difficult time. ”
- Lori Lochner
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:16 AM
“So sorry to hear about Kenny. Prayers for your family.”
- Cathy Coombs
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:16 AM
“Jan and family we are so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Sue and Chuck Tostenson
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:16 AM
“Jan, so sorry for yours and your families loss.
Our thought and prayers are with you in the days ahead.
Gods Blessings
Charlotte Schueder”
- Charlotte Schueder
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4:27 PM
“Sending thoughts and prayers to Ken’s family. ”
- Roxy Richard
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4:27 PM
“We will miss Ken very much. A very good friend and neighbor for many years. Rest well, Ken!”
- Dennis and Ann Gries
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4:27 PM
“Kristi, Jan, keith, and families
So sorry for your loss...thinking about you all and praying...
Molli Haz”
- Molli Overturf
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