THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kenneth J. Foral
Kenneth J. Foral, 87, passed away Sunday, June 1.
Born April 6, 1927, he graduated from Lena High School in 1945 and was a life-long Lena resident. He served in the United States Army of Occupation of Germany after World War II and operated a Ford dealership through his retirement, taking pride in serving generations of customers. He served in leadership roles with the Doney-DeGrave Post 342 of the American Legion, St. Charles (St. Anne) Catholic Church and 20 years as chief of the Lena Fire Department.
He enjoyed fishing, traveling, creating useful things with wood and metal, visiting friends and family, telling stories and enjoying the outdoors at the cabin. He brought joy to others by recognizing the bright side of life, remained quick with a joke and a story and was always singing or whistling a favorite tune, which will remain in our hearts.
He is survived by two sisters, Elaine LeFebre and Loryce Heisel; a daughter, Mary Ann Hitz (Jim); four sons, Richard (Elizabeth Schussler), Michael (Irma), James (Debbie) and Thomas (Nannette); eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Emma Foral; his wife of 52 years, Phyllis (Prust) and an infant son, Timothy.
Relatives and friends may call at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, Lena, on Thursday, June 5 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 6 at St. Anne Catholic Church, Lena from 10 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Fr. Polycarp and Deacon Peter Gard will officiate, followed by Military Honors by the Lena American Legion at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Lena. Contributions in his name will be made to his favorite charities.