Kenneth Mensink
Kenneth Mensink

Kenneth E. "Kenny" Mensink, 96, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Ostrander Care and Rehab in Ostrander.

He was born on Oct. 22, 1921, in Carimona Township of Fillmore County to Art and Clara (Drury) Mensink.

He married Evelyn Hendrickson on Aug. 13, 1942, at the Cherry Grove Methodist Church.

He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945 and had many stories to tell about World War II and serving under General Patton. He was one of the brave soldiers who landed on the shore of France and fought in the Battle of Normandy. Later on, he marched with the American troops through Paris when it was liberated. He was in France, Holland and Luxembourg and finally Germany.

Following the war, he and his wife farmed in the Cherry Grove and Lime Springs areas for about 20 years. They moved to Lime Springs in 1964. He ran a blacksmith shop and then they ran the Lime Springs Standard Station, while she continued to raise their seven children. He also drove a school bus for more than 20 years.

He loved horses, woodworking and driving his golf cart around Lime Springs. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his family and watching them play sports.

He is survived by six children, Larry Mensink of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Karen Heyer of Spring Valley, Darla Heusinkveld of Spring Valley, Vickie (Rich) Ator of Lime Springs, Iowa, Bryce (Brenda) Mensink of LeRoy and Becky (Steve) Sjostrom of Spring Valley; a daughter-in-law, Janet Mensink of Lime Springs, Iowa; 22 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and one on the way; five great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; three siblings, Ardis Souhrada, Delores Nagel and Curtis (Trudy) Mensink; two sisters-in-law, Dolly Mensink and Beverly Mensink and his wife's sister, Marilyn (Robert) Emerson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; a son, Allen, both in 2015; two sons-in-law, Jeffrey Heusinkveld and Gary Heyer, both in 2016; a granddaughter, Brooke Mensink in 1982; two brothers, Arlyn and John and a sister, Carol Lou Mensink.

Memorial services for him were held on Friday, Jan. 27, at the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs, Iowa, with burial in Cherry Grove Cemetery.