Kenneth E. Piel of Arvada, Colorado, passed away and entered God’s Kingdom on Aug. 10, 2019, at Vibra Hospital of Denver.
Services were held at Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada on Aug. 16 with the Rev. Tim Lindeman officiating.
An additional Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held this fall in the Blue Hill, Nebraska, area at a future date to be announced. Instead of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org), (800) 533-CURE (2873), JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
Ken Piel was born Jan. 26, 1947, to Donald “Bud” and Norma Piel in Hastings, Nebraska. He was their third child and grew up with five brothers and a big sister on their farm in Nebraska.
During his school years, he learned to play the guitar and played lead guitar in a high school band and later a family band. He attended school in Blue Hill, Nebraska, graduating high school in 1965. He entered the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and then the U.S. Army Reserves until he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
He attended Central Nebraska Technical College in Hastings earning a degree in computer science. His first job as a software engineer was at the First National Bank in Grand Island, Nebraska, and then KN Energy in Phillipsburg, Kansas. He and his family then moved to Colorado when KN transferred him there.
On June 22, 1968, he and Rosalyn Pavelka were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill. This past June they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
God blessed them with two sons, Daniel and Seth. Ken enjoyed mountain trips, fishing, skiing, and building things, including hand building a log cabin on their mountain property. Ken also loved GOOD beer and after a trip to Germany in 1986 he started home brewing.
His hobby soon started him on a new career path and in 1991 he opened a microbrewery, Lonetree Brewing LTD in the Denver Metro area. In 1993 his Country Cream Ale won a gold medal at the Great American Festival. He continued his brewing career until health issues caused him to start down the road to early retirement.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Larry; parents-in law, Stan and Darlene Pavelka; brother-in-law, Chuck Bosier; and nephew and nephew-in-law, Darrell Piel and Tony Martin.
Surviving Ken is his loving wife, Rosalyn of Arvada, Colorado; sons, Dan (Jen) of Arvada and Seth (Beth) of Mason, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, who will miss him dearly, Jordan and Lourdes of Wisconsin and Jade and Hailey of Colorado.
He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Judy Bosier and Dennis (Janet) of Hastings, Bob (Brenda) and Keith of Blue Hill, John (Debbie) of Thornton, Colorado and Donald, aka Butch, (Linda) of Washington, Utah. Survivors also include many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.