In Memory of

Kenneth File

December 15, 1929 - June 20, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Kenneth Dean File was born in Rock Rapids, Iowa on December 15, 1929 to Edward and Dora File. He graduated from Rock Rapids High School, Sheldon Junior College and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa with a degree in education. Upon graduation from Morningside, Ken taught at a country school then moved on to teaching and coaching in Holstein, Iowa. He excelled in his basketball and coaching career throughout his schooling.

 Ken married Byrla Delle Tronnes on June 4, 1950 and they were blessed with six daughters. Ken left teaching and coaching to pursue a lifetime career with New York Life Insurance. He was an agent for nearly sixty years, and was also a basketball referee in the early years. Sadly Byrla passed away March 25, 1984. Ken was active in many community and area activities in Cherokee over the years.

 Left to cherish Ken’s memory are special friend Frances Rupp; five daughter and spouses; Deb and Larry Salzwedel, Rhonda Vredenburg, Sheila and Skip Schossow, Karla and Kyle Lundy, Krista and David Schwartz, and Alan Kies (Husband of Dana). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and spouses; Steven Ellens, Joyce Ellens, Christopher and Melissa Perrin, Jeffrey Ellens and Jennifer Boling, Matthew and Amanda Salzwedel, Jarrad and Leigh Schossow, Lyndsay and Brent Wolfswinkel, Michael and Hilary Salzwedel, Scott and Rebecca Ellens, and Mason and Karen Lundy. Ken is also survived by nineteen great-grandchildren; Naomi, Noah, Eli, Luke, Derek, Lauren, Oriah, Tenzin, Valen, Kaden, Brecken, Blake, Tate, Chase, Laney, Addyson, Grady, Charley, and Vivienne; and several nieces and nephews.

 Ken was preceded in death by his beloved wife Byrla (Tronnes) File, dear daughter Dana (File) Kies, parents Edward and Dora File, and father and mother-in-law Boyd and Helen Tronnes. Also preceding him in death were siblings and their spouses; William (Bill) and Elsie, Harold and Maude, Russell (Russ) and Pat, Bernice and Augie, Bette and Bob, Thelma (Tuck) and Vern, Joyce and Pete, Phillip Loraine (Pets), and Gene (Fuzz) and Alice. Preceding him in death also were brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Les and Marion Brommer, and Richard (Dick) and Jackie Tronnes.

 Ken loved the Lord, loved and was very proud of his family, and valued his many friendships over the years.

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Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morningside College Athletic Department, or the Cherokee Masonic Lodge #3.
Pastor Jean Morse
Steven Ellens
Christopher Perrin
Jeffrey Ellens
Matthew Salzwedel
Jarrad Schossow
Lyndsay Wolfswinkel
Michael Salzwedel
Mason Lundy
Scott Ellens

Larry Salzwedel
Skip Schossow
Kyle Lundy
Alan Kies
David Schwartz
Denny Holton
Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. A Mosonic Service will be conducted by the Cherokee Speculative Lodge #307 at 7:00 p.m. Following the visitation at the funeral home.

"The Lord's Prayer"
"Amazing Grace"
by Benjamin and Ona Duebner

"Beautiful Savior"
by the congregation

Organist- Koreen Anderson

Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“I was so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. I always looked forward to seeing him and visiting with him while he was at the Gardens. Whenever I attend Morningside events I will think of him. May your memories and time spent together bring you comfort. With deepest sympathy. ”
- Stacy Bezoni
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“May God be with you at this sad time. Kenny will be missed by many. He loved his family, church, and town. Hugs to all. ”
- Lynette and Pat Hyndman
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“Sending my condolences to all of you girls and your families. We really enjoyed him at The Gardens!”
- Lois Hobson
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“I want to express my condolences to all of Ken's family. What a great man he was and what a role model he was for all of us that had the opportunity to get to meet and know Ken. I was very fortunate to coach Steve, Chris and Scott and I know how proud Ken was of all the accomplishments of these men. He was always so supportive of them and we had great conversations on my business trips to Cherokee. I really enjoyed listening to Ken tell stories and talk about his family and sports! It was a great honor to know Ken and I will miss our visits. God bless all of you and our prayers will be with you as you deal with the loss of Ken. Sincerely Bruce, Chris and Connor Wilson”
- Bruce Wilson
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“Our condolences to the entire family. Kenny was a great friend to dad and mom and someone I always looked up to. Thank you for sharing all the family pictures. It’s a reminder of the Blessed life he lived.
Our prayers go out to all of you today.
God Bless the File Family. ”
- Dan Bird
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“I was unaware of Ken's passing and missed this mornings service. He was my high school basketball and baseball coach as a senior, and he was a very good one. We remained friends ever since and I will miss him. My sincere condolences to the family and my apologies for missing the service.”
- Dr. Bob Martin
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“So sorry to hear your dad has passed. Our parents were members of the great generation. My John loved talking to your dad on our visits to see mom. You were so supportive when our mom died. Wish we were there to offer our hugs in person. Please know we are thinking of you all and saying prayers. ”
- Barb and John Bottger
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“My sincere condolences to all the family of Ken File. My lasting memory of Ken was that he was always a fun guy to be around. I am grateful that I knew Ken & had an opportunity to work alongside him. I know he was very proud of all the wonderful family he left behind.”
- Kris Cunard
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“To the family of Ken.
As an employee of Morningside College, I knew Ken for 40 years. He was. An outstanding alum supportive of the college and a true gentleman. He will be missed.”
- Fred Erbes
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“Sending our deepest sympathy to your family. Ken was a big presence for anyone who grew up and attended school in Cherokee. He was such a supporter of everything Cherokee. He will be missed.”
- Linda and Duane Christensen
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ken will be missed by so many!! Always a smile and always enjoyed visiting with him”
- Jamie & Karmen Hodgdon
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 11:26 AM
“Great father,great supporter of his girls and their families ,and a great friend to many! God speed and God bless Ken. May the memories of your life lived be cherished by your friends and family.”
- Doug Woods
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 11:26 AM
“i join family and close friends with thoughtful remembrance and prayer in Ken's passing... into New Life. Our contacts were few but always cordial and animated. May he rest eternally now - - closing a valued life among us. ”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. We always enjoyed our visits with him. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Prayers to all.”
- Brian and Lorri winterhof
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss!! He was a wonderful man and I enjoyed the time I spent with him. He will be greatly missed😭”
- Susie Britt Bush
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“So sorry to hear about Ken. Spent a lot of time on the ball fields with that guy. Always tough to lose a parent. Thinking about the File family. ”
- J (Joni) Kahl
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“So sorry to hear about your Father. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Paulette Kroll
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing! I'll always remember him watching the games & cheering on the teams. He was always early to church and an active member of Bethlehem. My condolences and sympathy to all his family and friends who I'm sure will miss him greatly!”
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“We are so very sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom and Pam (Boyd)Nielsen”
- Tom and Pam Nielsen
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“So sorry to hear about Ken . He was a special man.He will be missed by many .Prayers to you all!! Sue Roberts”
- Sue Roberts
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“My sincere condolences to the File family for the loss of your loved one. Ken will be deeply missed.”
- Jeff Fishman
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“To the File family you’s have our Deepest Sympathy, May Ken RIP. My husband Jerry had insurance with your Dad a long time, New York Life he will be greatly missed ”
- Shirley Goebel
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“RIP Kenny, may God bless each of your girls!”
- Steve Conley
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“Loved Kenny! He always stopped and chatted with us no matter where we saw him. He Was a great guy and loved by all!”
- Kenny and Kim Barrett
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“So sorry for your loss of Ken. Loved that guy. He was always a pleasure to visit with .”
- Karen and Kim Aduddell
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