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ROANOKE – Robert L. Kennell, 87, died at 3:30 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

He was born Dec. 12, 1931, near Roanoke, the son of Joseph D. and Frieda V. Ulrich Kennell. He married Evelyn M. Zoss on June 24, 1954. She died Nov. 2, 2018.

Survivors include one daughter, Joyce (Roger) Ulrich, Metamora; three sons, Ron (Arlene) Kennell and Darryl (Rhoda) Kennell, both of Roanoke, and Keith (Kelly) Kennell, Lowpoint; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren with another on the way; one sister, Verda Birkey, Roanoke and one brother-in-law, Richard Zoss, Washburn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters, one granddaughter, one daughter-in-law, one brother-in-law and one sister-in-law.

Robert was a farmer all his life. He had a passion for farming and was involved in farm related businesses such as fertilizer, farm tiling, earth moving and custom farming. Robert was a John Deere fan. He was gifted with an engineering ability and working with his hands. Robert had a love for all his grandchildren and his church.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Linn Mennonite Church, rural Roanoke with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will take place Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora and Monday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in the Roanoke Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Eureka.

Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Roanoke, 1102 West Randolph St., Roanoke, 61561, or to Linn Mennonite Church, 1594 County Road 1700 North, Roanoke, 61561.

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