Funeral services for Kenneth D. Plihal, 74, of Glencoe and formerly of Hutchinson, were held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. The Rev. Mark Ford officiated.
Mr. Plihal died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility.
Urn bearers were Nicholas Plihal, Tyler Plihal and Travis Plihal. Interment was at Presbyterian Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Mr. Plihal was born Aug. 3, 1938, in Hutchinson, to Daniel and Mildred (Tepley) Plihal. He was baptized Oct. 9, 1938, at Faith Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Joseph Leksa. He was confirmed at this same church by the Rev. Kovar.
As a young boy, he only spoke Czech and had to learn English in the Kaminsky school, which he attended through the sixth grade. He then went on to and graduated from Hutchinson schools.
While in high school, he was involved in 4-H and raised pigs as his project. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, was a church board member, was on the board of directors for Gopher Campfire and was a member of the Silver Lake Sportsman’s Club. Mr. Plihal also was a member of the Hutchinson Legion Club.
At one time he owned a small store in Hutchinson called “The Milkhouse.” He sold miscellaneous items, including milk in glass bottles. Mr. Plihal enjoyed working in his shop and growing asparagus. He was known to many as “The Asparagus Man.” He also enjoyed tending his lawn and growing flowers, especially gladiolas and iris.
On May 5, 1962, he married Janet M. Talberg in the Princeton Methodist Church. Their marriage was blessed with four children.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janet M. Plihal; children, Connie (Jim) Pavlish of Glencoe, Cheryl (Chad) Moore of Conifer, Colo., and Brad Plihal of Glencoe; grandchildren, Nicholas Plihal, Tyler Plihal and Travis Plihal; great-grandchildren, Will Plihal and Brianna Plihal; sisters-in-law, Carol (Dave) Travis, Phyllis Hilgart and Pat Malcolm; nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; infant daughter, JulieAnn Plihal; sister, Karen (David “Butch”) Susdorf; nephew, Mike Susdorf; brother-in-law, Richard Malcolm; and stepmother, Helen Plihal.
Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome.com .