Kenneth G. Stoffel, 74

Kenneth G. Stoffel died on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at his home at 12228 Tollhouse Road, in Clovis, Calif., 93612, after battling cancer for the last eight years.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1934, to Henry and Eleanor Stoffel of West Bend, one of six boys.

Ken served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years. While stationed in California, he met his future wife, Shirley Brumbaugh, also a member of the Air Force. They were married July 15, 1955, and were proud parents of three sons and one daughter, Michael of Mendocino, Calif., David of Las Vegas, Nev., Steven (Charlene) of Clovis, Calif., and Kristen (partner, Candi Wallace), of Plymouth, Minn.

Shirley predeceased in 1982.

On Aug. 19, 1988, Kenneth married Antoinette, "Toni," Mitchell. Her children are Pamela (Mike) Murphy of Clovis, Kim (Steve) Tenant of Truckee, Calif., and Michelle (Terry) Ables of Clovis.

Between them they have 12 grandchildren. They are Faylie Stoffel, Jason and Brian Stoffel, Brittany and David Jr. Stoffel, and Kristen, Candace and Erick Tenant, Brooke and Thomas Murphy, and Jessica and Jared Ables.

They also have three great-grandchildren.

Ken is survived by brothers Gilbert (Karen) of Shawano, Richard (Janine) of Jackson, Roger (Dolores) of West Bend; and sisters-in-law, Barbara Stoffel, Marlene Boegel and Ann Stoffel; and a special cousin, Janet Guyant; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

His parents, Henry and Eleanor; and brothers, Clifford, "Zip," and Robert predeceased.

Ken and Toni made many trips to Wisconsin in their motorhome to visit family and friends; visits were happily anticipated and enjoyed by all.

Favorites were playing poker, storytelling, and lots of laughter and fun. He loved talking to the children and they thought he was their "very special Uncle Kenny."

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in Clovis, Calif., on Friday.

In honor of Kenís life, a local gathering to welcome relatives and friends will take place Thursday at the VFW Hall, 260 Sand Drive, West Bend, to reminisce and socialize from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., at which time military honors will be presented by members of the VFW.