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Kenneth F. Schill

June 11, 1943 — May 27, 2023

Kenneth F. Schill, 79, of Grand Forks, ND and formerly of Hannah, ND, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Valley Senior Living in Grand Forks with his family by his side after a courageous journey with brain cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Forks. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. rosary at the church. Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Mt. Carmel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery: Darrel Metzger, 10242 103rd St. NE, Wales, ND 58281.

Kenny F. Schill was born on June 11, 1943, to Clarence and Lavina (Hoffarth) Schill. He was the fifth oldest in a family of nine. He was raised on a farm seven and a half miles northwest of Mount Carmel, ND.

Kenny attended his first eight years in a one room country school. He went on and graduated from Wales High School in 1963.

In June of 1965, Kenny entered the United States Army. He went through basic training at Fr. Leonardwood, MO and was sent overseas on assignment. He spent seventeen months at Toul, France and his last month in the service in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He was honorably discharged in June of 1967. Upon his return home, he began farming with his dad.

On June 26, 1970, Kenny married Donna Stevens at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Olga, ND. They were blessed with three children. He had a great love for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was so proud of them all.

Kenny was an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church until it closed in 2008. They then joined St. Michael Catholic Church in Wales, ND until they moved to Grand Forks the fall of 2019. Then they joined Holy Family Catholic Church in GrandForks.

He was a farmer all his life. In 1995, he purchased the farm where he grew up. Kenny was an honest and hard-working man who had a great sense of humor. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. He loved when neighbors and friends would stop in for coffee and visits. He enjoyed working in his shop and in the fields and watching the crops grow. Kenny and Donna always had a large garden, which they loved doing. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, softball, volleyball, water skiing, playing cards, country music and old western movies.

Survivors include his wife and best friend of 52 years, Donna; daughters, Kaye (Wayne) Mager of Thompson, ND and their children Anne, Luke and Sarah; Diana (Collin) Cominghay of Grand Forks, ND and their daughter Arianne (John) Azure, and great-granddaughter Eleanor Azure, of Grand Forks,ND; son, Eric (Betty) Schill of Bismarck, ND and their children Danielle, Kevin & Aaron;

Sister, Gladys Hell of Langdon, ND; four brothers: Donald (Karri), Bonney Lake, WA; Steve (Carmen), Layton, UT; Roger (Yvonne), Colorado Springs, CO; Larry (Jo),The Villages, FL; Kenny is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenny is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Christopher Mager; siblings: Bernard, Neil and Terry; sister-in-law, Liz Schill; and brother-in-law, Dick Hell.

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