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Harlen David Kegler, 68, of Winsted

Harlen Kegler

Harlen David Kegler, 68, of Winsted, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at St. Mary’s Nursing Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wed-nesday, Sept. 28, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Readers were Kimberly Lester and Brian Shawn.
Pallbearers were Thomas Vacek, John Vacek, Kyle Kulinski, Josh Zangl, Reed Birkholz and Bert Hertzog.
Interment with military honors was in the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.
Harlen Kegler was born Nov. 12, 1947, in Glencoe, becoming the son of Leonard and Irene (Schultz) Kegler. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary School and graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1965.
On Aug. 1, 1991, Gayle Elaine Shawn and Harlen Kegler were joined in holy marriage at Bloomington Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Their marriage brought together a family with three children, Kimberly, Brian and Travis. Mr. Kegler served in the Army Reserves for seven years as an infantryman and was proud of his service to his country.
Mr. Kegler was a talented carpenter and woodworker for his entire career. He was a carpenter for both Littfin Lumber and as an independent business owner. He was known as a gentle and caring man with a good sense of humor. He was incredibly talented and generously shared his carpentry skills. He participated in the Knights of Columbus for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Kegler; son, Travis Kegler; stepchildren, Kimberly (Joshua) Lester and Brian (Jessica) Shawn; grandchildren, DJ, Natasha, Kalisha, Amelia, Devin, Brody and Finnegan; great-grandchild, Nyaziah; sisters, Marion (Donald) Lhotka and Bonnie (Lannie) Grages; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard B. Kegler in 1979; mother, Irene A. Kegler in 2016; and sisters, Roxanne Kegler in 1960, Janet Vacek in 2011 and Marlene Kulinski in 2015.
Arrangements were with the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made at www.chilsonfuneralhomecom.