Kenneth Eugene Stitzlein

September 25, 1940 ‒ July 19, 2021

Loudonville, Ohio

Kenneth Eugene Stitzlein died July 19, 2021, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home after enduring progressive dementia for many years. He was born to Walter Edward Stitzlein and Rachel Marie (Menchhofer) Stitzlein on September 25, 1940. Ken graduated from Loudonville High School in 1959 and The Ohio State University, College of Agriculture in 1966. He grew up on the family farm raising crops and animals for 4-H and FFA projects. Production agriculture remained Ken’s passion throughout his life which he enacted by farming in the Loudonville area for nearly 50 years, raising grain crops and beef cattle. He also carried out his commitment to agriculture through active memberships in several organizations including serving at various times as President of the Board of Directors of the Loudonville Farmers Equity, President of the Ashland County Farm Bureau, President of the Ashland County Cattlemen’s Association, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. He was a member of the Loudonville Farm Club and a life-long member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Loudonville. In 2007 he received an Ohio Conservation Family Farm Award for his conservation efforts.

Ken especially enjoyed planting and tending corn and soybean crops, making hay, and caring for beef calves and cows, frequently working 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week for the joy of it. In his younger days, Ken deer hunted with family and friends and participated in community square dances sometimes serving as the caller. In later years, he loved hosting get-togethers of extended family members at his home and farm where he and Dorothy were privileged to live. Ken and Dorothy were committed to maintaining and sharing the legacy of the farm, including the home built by one of his ancestors in the 1870’s.

Ken is survived by his wife Dorothy (Ayers) Stitzlein who assisted him in his agricultural pursuits by serving as the financial secretary for the farm. He was a proud step-father to Monica Augenstein (Dick Dummer) and Martin Augenstein, enjoying their public school, college, and career activities. He is also survived by step-grandchildren of who he was very fond: Alex Augenstein, Claire Dummer, and Dan Dummer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Edward and Ada (Strang) Stitzlein and George A. and Gertrude (Ebert) Menchhofer, brother George Stitzlein, nephew Brad Stitzlein, parents-in-law Edwin Ayers and Ina (Sprang) Ayers-Leininger, sister-in-law Rose Marie (Ayers) Snyder and her son Mike Spreng, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ken’s Family members are invited to a graveside service on the Stitzlein Family Farm, 2627 County Road 457, Loudonville, OH, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Everyone who attends will be transported by hay wagons to the graveside at 10:30 a.m. Afterward, a Celebration of Life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 222 E. Main Street, Loudonville, OH at 12 p.m. with a luncheon to follow. Pastors Scott Henderson and Ginger Pflueger will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the Stitzlein family suggests that those wishing to donate in Ken’s memory please support the Stitzlein Family Scholarship (483736) at The Ohio State University Foundation, PO Box 710811, Columbus, OH 43271, or visit give.osu.edu and search by the fund number, 483736 or support a charity of his/her choice. Ken was instrumental in establishing this fund to provide scholarships for students majoring in an agriculture field at OSU.

Ken and Dorothy have been blessed by the love, support, and assistance of many family members and friends throughout Ken’s illness. The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. Rejoice and be glad!

Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Ken’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Marty!! I hope and pray your filled with comfort along with your family! God Bless you all with peace and love. Shanna

  • So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I will always remember him as a friendly cousin. He worked so hard and had Dorothy-the perfect companion-by his side. Together they created a beautiful home that both were very proud of. I remember going there as a little kid to visit your parents. Bless you all.

  • Our sympathy goes out to Dorothy and family. We remember being at square dances in our early years and having a good time. Kenny was a lot fun. Kenny was a great steward of farming. May memories give you peace.

  • Dear Stitzlein family,
    I am writing for my husband David Tugend, a proud Loudonville ‘boy’, fellow Ohio State Ag Education graduate and ‘forever a farm boy at heart’ who worked in ag-related fields his whole professional life.
    Without a doubt, Kenny devoted his entire life to agriculture and his community, a life well lived and to be admired.
    The Stitzlein family has special memories for both of us. My husband and Kenny’s brother John are both members of the DTS at OSU. I got to know John through his wife Nancy Crow and our love for the quilting arts.
    Dave an I send our very sincere condolences to all Kenny’s friends and family.
    Sonja Henney Tugend

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