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Alfred O. “Al” Kienast, age 74, of North Prairie, WI passed away at his residence on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Al was born to Lester and Betty (Bowey) Kienast on March 6, 1944 in Hartford, WI. He married Betty J. Fraley on May 20, 1967 at Siloam United Methodist Church.
Al graduated high school and within weeks was already in the United States Army where he served his country from 1963 to 1967 and was active during the Vietnam
War. Once back in the States he worked for Amron, Waukesha Foundry, Zero Zone and even did summers with the DNR. Al was also involved with the North Prairie United Methodist Church as head usher and trustee. Al was a project leader for the Prairie Pioneers 4H and a rabbit superintendent for the Waukesha County Fair. His involvement in Veterans organizations continued clear up to his passing as a member of the American Legion Post 375, Mukwonago and the Vietnam Veterans Association Post 425 (VVA).
Al’s greatest highlights revolve around his family. He and the family took a trip to Washington DC to see the Veterans Memorials would be one towards the top of that list. The other chart topper was his grandchildren’s visits. He also enjoyed his Saturday morning breakfasts with classmates. Most recently Al was able to visit the Wisconsin Highground, a tribute to all Vets. He also enjoyed a most recent visit with cousins and extended family.
Surviving Al are his wife of 51 years, Betty; his daughters, Amylynn (Don) Jensen of Algoma and Wendy (Jason) Schamens of Waukesha; his grandchildren, Donald Jr, Staschia, Thomas and Raechelyn Jensen; his brothers and sisters-in-law, George (Dorothy) Fraley, Ruth Fraley, Dan (Denise) Fraley and Diane (Jeff) Kircher; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends.
Preceding Al are his parents, Lester and Betty Kienast; his in-laws, Louie and Beth Fraley; and a daughter, Dawn.
A Memorial Service for Al will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 1:00PM at Thelen Funeral Services (W309 S4840 Commercial Drive, North Prairie—NW corner of Hwy’s 83 and 59) with Rev. Ron Kral officiating. Military Honors services will follow. Memorial gathering will be held from 10:00AM until the services.
THE FAMILY ASKS THAT IN HONOR OF AL, YOUR ATTIRE BE CASUAL AND PATRIOTIC. (thank you)
Memorial contributions in Al’s name are to be directed to the family for future distribution to various Veteran organizations.
Thelen Funeral Services of North Prairie/Genesee is honored to be assisting the Kienast family. 262-392-4251