Feb. 17, 1919-Aug. 7, 2007
BENKELMAN -- Leonard E. Kerchal, 88, died Tuesday (Aug. 7, 2007) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
He was born Febr. 17, 1919, at Wauneta to Joseph and Opal (Vlasin) Kerchal. He graduated from Wauneta High School and attended Kearney State College.
On June 24, 1939, he married Frona Taylor. They farmed for many years near Grainton.
They moved to Benkelman in 1973 where he sold O's Gold Seed Corn, and repaired furnaces, air conditioning units, refrigerators and small appliances.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Elks Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frona Aug. 29, 2006; a grandson, Kelly Kerchal; a brother, Virgil Kerchal; and two sisters, Eva Polly and Ramona Nordhausen.
Survivors include his three children, Kent and wife, Karen Kerchal of Sun River, Mont.; Kay and husband, Gordon Brey of Scott City, Kan., and Rod and wife, Darlla Kerchal of Benkelman; a sister, Joann and husband, Robert Vicery of Lincoln; a brother, Keith and wife, Nona Kerchal of Wauneta; 41 grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday, 1 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating.
Visitation is today until 7 p.m. at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Memorials are being accepted in his name.
Forch Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.