Kenneth Earl Dessel, 87, of Sarasota, Fla. passed away June 7, 2010 at his home in Florida.
Graveside memorial services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Sunset View Cemetery at Washta. Rev. Ray Kruger will officiate. The Boothby Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Kenneth Earl Dessel was born April 23, 1923 in Ida Grove, the son of Oscar and Sophia (Reinboldt) Dessel. He was the third son of five children, and survived all his siblings. Ken graduated from Washta Consolidated High School in 1941, and initially worked on the family farm.
He entered the Army in March of 1943 and served as a corporal in the Army Air Corp, until discharged in February of 1946, having served in occupied Japan. He moved to Chicago and worked a variety of jobs, including interior design, also achieving academic credentials at the Vogue School of Decorating & New York University. He returned to the military service with the U. S. Air Force in August of 1950, served in Korea and honorably discharged as Airman Second Class in May of 1952.
He returned to decorating work in the Chicago area from 1952 until 1960. During that time, he also was co-owner of the Hideaway Lodge and Mayor of the Village of Valley View, Illinois until relocating in Florida in 1969. He moved to Sarasota and began work as a designer with Kanes Furniture, where he advanced to senior designer and worked nearly 30 years before he retired. After his retirement, he traveled extensively and enjoyed collecting fine pieces of oriental furniture for his home. He was a member of the American Society of Interior Design and Loyal Order of Moose.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Delbert and Joseph Dessel and sisters Dorothy Mundy and Olive Beeson.
He is survived by eight nephews and nieces and their families; Gerald Mundy of Cincinnati, Ohio; Doteen Baker of Eugene, Ore.; Nancy Fahey of Portland, Ore.;; Douglas Dessel of Des Moines; Ardell Dessel of New Sharon; Kevin Dessel of Cherokee; Patricia Hentz of Bedford, Texas; and Mary Larson of Cherokee.