Kenneth L. “Kenny” Deel

December 22, 1927 ‒ January 13, 2015

Marengo, Ohio

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Deel, age 87, of Marengo, died Tuesday afternoon, January 13, 2015, at the Woodside Village Care Center.

On December 22, 1927, Kenneth was born in Breaks, Virginia, the son of the late Henry Roscoe and Opal Gladys (Owens) Deel. He graduated from Cardington High School.

Shortly after high school, Kenneth enlisted in the United States Army and served his country proudly during World War II.

On January 21, 1950, Kenneth married the love of his life, Lillie “Ruth” Pemberton, at her parents house in Marengo. They shared over 63 wonderful years of marriage before she preceded him in death on January 24, 2013.

For 29 years, Kenneth worked for H.P.M. as a layout man. In his spare time he enjoyed playing bass in various bluegrass bands. While on the road touring, he and his wife would often go camping near each venue the band played at. He also enjoyed rooting for the Cleveland Indians and the Buckeyes. Though Kenneth was often quiet, he was a jack of all trades and loved being able to help others in any way he could. He and his wife together spent time bowling in different couples leagues.

Kenneth will be dearly missed by his four sons: Keith A. (Jan) Deel of Ashville, Brian S. (Lou Ann) Deel of Pendleton, IN, Steven K. (Connie) Deel of Sunbury, Raymond B. (Patricia) Deel of Delaware; three daughters: Sandra E. (Dan) Ackerman of Edison, Beverly D. Deel of Marengo, Susan J. Deel of Marengo; eight grandchildren: Erin, Colleen, Paul, Lacy, Kyle, Clay, Tyler, and Jared; one great grandchild, Luke; three brothers: Omar Deel of Westerville, Ted (Sue) Deel of Marengo, and David (Loretta) Deel of Marengo; a sister-in-law, Mary Deel of Marengo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Deel.

The Deel family will greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday with Minister Robin Weier and Keith Deel officiating. Burial will follow in the Alum Creek Friends Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Heartland Hospice and may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Kenneth’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • We, the Arndt family, are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thought and prayer go out to all of the Deal family.

  • Praying for peace and comfort for all of the Deel family. Pete worked with Kenny, at H.P.M and remembers his kind heart. Special prayers for Ted and Sue. We will remember you every day in our prayers.
    In Jesus’ love, Pete & Judy Jordan