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Kenneth L. Zentz

October 10, 1947 — September 29, 2023

   Kenneth L. “Kenny” Zentz, of Sioux City age 75 years, 11 months, 19 days peacefully entered into the arms of Jesus, his Lord and Savior at 2:37 am on Friday, September 29th, 2023, surrounded by his family.

   Visitation will be Thursday, October 5th, 2023, at Meyer Brother Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, Iowa with family present from 5 pm-7 pm, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Friday, October 6th, 2023 at Morningside Lutheran Church, 700 S. Martha St., Sioux City, Iowa.

   Kenneth was born October 10, 1947, to Walter LaVerne and Frances Nanny (Woods) Zentz. Kenny was the oldest of five children and was the big brother to Darrell, Sharon, Rita, and Terry. In his younger years, Kenny was a member of Trimble United Methodist Church where he was confirmed. He attended school in Sioux City and graduated from Leeds High School. During his teenage years, Kenny worked with his dad who owned Walt’s Conoco Station located at 27th and Court St. Kenny was a gifted mechanic and worked on cars his whole life, he restored his dad’s 57 Chevy to its original glory, and he now is too! Kenny was fondly nick named, “The Wrench Man”, and would help anyone who asked. 

   In the early 1970’s, Kenny moved to Iowa City. While living in Iowa City, Kenny married Carolyn Staats and they had one son, Daniel born in 1977.

   After moving from Iowa City, Kenny lived in Oregon and Colorado before returning to make his home in Sioux City. Kenny worked as an industrial mechanic at IBP, Fabricators Inc., and Interbake Foods for 20 plus years. After retirement he enjoyed delivering the Sioux City Journal, except on those icy days. 

   On September 1, 1995, Kenny married Rosella “Rosie.” They made their home in Sioux City and lived almost 25 years together before her passing in January 2020. They enjoyed taking trips to visit old friends and places of interest whenever possible. They loved going to countless family gatherings celebrating so many of life’s joys and also attending many sporting events and activities of their grandchildren and deeply loved each one as well as all of their Schnauzer dogs.

   He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching NFL games, especially the Chiefs. One of Kenny’s favorite hang outs was Johnnie Mars Family Restaurant where they treated him like family. 

   He is survived by one son, Daniel Zentz; three granddaughters: Kambria Zentz, Amber Zentz, and Carlie Zentz; twin great grandchildren; three step children: Bonnie (Mike) Muecke, William Patrick (Penny) Walker, and Shelly (Scott) Barto; step grandchildren: Nathan (Stephanie), Alissa, William Kyle (Alana), Ryan (Brandy), Katie, Chad (Cassidy), Rachel and Elizabeth; 17 step great grandchildren; two sisters: Sharon (Andy) Beamon and Rita (Mark) Michelson; one sister-in-law, Linda Zentz; two nephews and one niece and their families: Brian Zentz, Mike (Marie) Beamon, and Nichole (Jerry) Cruz; his beloved dog, Mitzi and special neighbors and friends. 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Frances; wife, Rosie on January 16, 2020; and two brothers: Terry Zentz and Darrell Zentz. Kenny was a member of Morningside Lutheran Church for many years and loved Jesus and sharing His Amazing Grace with so many. You finally made it home, Kenny! 

   Memorials may be directed to the Morningside Lutheran Food Bank or the Humane Society.

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