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Kenneth File

December 15, 1929 — June 20, 2019

Kenneth Dean File was born in Rock Rapids, Iowa on December 15, 1929 to Edward and Dora File. He graduated from Rock Rapids High School, Sheldon Junior College and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa with a degree in education. Upon graduation from Morningside, Ken taught at a country school then moved on to teaching and coaching in Holstein, Iowa. He excelled in his basketball and coaching career throughout his schooling.

 Ken married Byrla Delle Tronnes on June 4, 1950 and they were blessed with six daughters. Ken left teaching and coaching to pursue a lifetime career with New York Life Insurance. He was an agent for nearly sixty years, and was also a basketball referee in the early years. Sadly Byrla passed away March 25, 1984. Ken was active in many community and area activities in Cherokee over the years.

 Left to cherish Ken’s memory are special friend Frances Rupp; five daughter and spouses; Deb and Larry Salzwedel, Rhonda Vredenburg, Sheila and Skip Schossow, Karla and Kyle Lundy, Krista and David Schwartz, and Alan Kies (Husband of Dana). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and spouses; Steven Ellens, Joyce Ellens, Christopher and Melissa Perrin, Jeffrey Ellens and Jennifer Boling, Matthew and Amanda Salzwedel, Jarrad and Leigh Schossow, Lyndsay and Brent Wolfswinkel, Michael and Hilary Salzwedel, Scott and Rebecca Ellens, and Mason and Karen Lundy. Ken is also survived by nineteen great-grandchildren; Naomi, Noah, Eli, Luke, Derek, Lauren, Oriah, Tenzin, Valen, Kaden, Brecken, Blake, Tate, Chase, Laney, Addyson, Grady, Charley, and Vivienne; and several nieces and nephews.

 Ken was preceded in death by his beloved wife Byrla (Tronnes) File, dear daughter Dana (File) Kies, parents Edward and Dora File, and father and mother-in-law Boyd and Helen Tronnes. Also preceding him in death were siblings and their spouses; William (Bill) and Elsie, Harold and Maude, Russell (Russ) and Pat, Bernice and Augie, Bette and Bob, Thelma (Tuck) and Vern, Joyce and Pete, Phillip Loraine (Pets), and Gene (Fuzz) and Alice. Preceding him in death also were brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Les and Marion Brommer, and Richard (Dick) and Jackie Tronnes.

 Ken loved the Lord, loved and was very proud of his family, and valued his many friendships over the years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morningside College Athletic Department, or the Cherokee Masonic Lodge #3.
Pastor Jean Morse
Steven Ellens
Christopher Perrin
Jeffrey Ellens
Matthew Salzwedel
Jarrad Schossow
Lyndsay Wolfswinkel
Michael Salzwedel
Mason Lundy
Scott Ellens

Larry Salzwedel
Skip Schossow
Kyle Lundy
Alan Kies
David Schwartz
Denny Holton
Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. A Mosonic Service will be conducted by the Cherokee Speculative Lodge #307 at 7:00 p.m. Following the visitation at the funeral home.

"The Lord's Prayer"
"Amazing Grace"
by Benjamin and Ona Duebner

"Beautiful Savior"
by the congregation

Organist- Koreen Anderson

Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa
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