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Samuel Stenzel, 87, Ottawa, died Nov. 6, 2013, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, Kan.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Nov. 11, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan., with burial following at Fontana Cemetery, Fontana, Kan. Visitation is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa.

He was born May 14, 1926, in Wakeeney, Kan., the son of Henry and Mollie Schneider Stenzel.

He graduated from Trego Community High School in Wakeeney.

Samuel was a member of the Ottawa community since 1991.  

He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater at the Aleutian Islands and Okinawa as machinist mate 3rd class in the U.S. Navy. After two years of service, he entered Kansas State University and received his undergraduate and master’s degrees.

He was an agricultural educator and an administrator for 22 years. He taught two years at McDonald High School, McDonald, Kan.; six years at Almena High School, Almena, Kan.; 12 years at Russell High School, Russell, Kan.; two years at Colby Community College, Colby, Kan.; was assistant executive director of NVATA (National Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association) in Lincoln, Neb., for seven years and relocated to Alexandria, Va., for 12 years.

Samuel was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Ottawa; Kiwanis Club of Ottawa; life member of NVTA and ASAE (American Society of Association Executives); and a Kansas State University alum.

Samuel married Dolly DeJarnette in 1950. They later divorced.

Samuel married Cleo Patricia Sackman May 20, 1972, in Osawatomie, Kan. She survives of the home.

Survivors include his sons, Terry Stenzel, Ephrata, Wash., Steven Stenzel and his wife, Bonnie, Jay, Okla., and Samuel E. Stenzel, Santa Maria, Calif.; one stepson, David Long and his wife, Gloria, LaCygne, Kan.; one daughter, Andie DeJarnette, Santa Maria, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Linda Andersen and her husband, Edwin, Marilyn Chandler and her husband, Jim, and Janette Bennett and her husband, Danny, all of LaCygne, Kan.; one sister, Ester Mellies, Dodge City; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Emanuel, David, Leo and Henry; sisters, Agatha Garcia and Frieda Olive; and one granddaughter, Michelle Hedman.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church or KSU Agricultural Education Club through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.

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