Memorial services for Kenneth Donnenwirth were held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at South Maple United Methodist Church, with Pastor John McKnight Jr. and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Internment, with full military honors followed at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Kenneth C. Donnenwirth was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Faith, SD. In March 1943, he married Mae Capp in Pierre, SD. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, served as a Signalman 3rd class on two Escort Carriers, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
After WWII, Ken worked for the Milwaukee and Chicago Northwestern Railways, the South Dakota Cement Plant, and retired from Farmer's Insurance Group in 1987. In August 2010, Ken and Mae moved to Bellevue, Neb.
During his life in Rapid City, Ken was active in the Masonic Lodge, Jobs Daughters, Naja Shrine, Elks, and VFW. Ken is a member of South Maple United Methodist Church. Ken earned his private pilots license and flew his own planes during 1950-1986.
Ken passed away from complications with Mesothelioma on Oct. 8, 2013, in Omaha. He is survived by his wife Mae; daughters Joan Carter of Bellevue, Joyce Mehlhaff of Woodland Park, CO, Jacki Daniels of Portland, OR, and Jean Allen of Peoria, IL; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers Buzz Donnenwirth, Robert Donnenwirth, and Lloyd Donnenwirth; and sister, Naomi Irwin.
Kirk Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook available at: www.kirkfuneralhome.com
In remembrance of Ken, donations can be made to: Honor Flight, Inc.,
Attn: Diane Gresse
300 E. Auburn Ave.
Springfield, OH 45505 or online at: www.honorflight.com.