Francis Kuennen

Francis Kuennen


Francis “Frank” Earl Kuennen, 69, of Solon, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital.   Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2021, at Veritas Church, located at 700 Forevergreen Road, Tiffin, 52340. Celebration of Life services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Veritas Church.  Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon are in charge of arrangements.

Francis was born June 5, 1952, in West Union, the son of Leonard and Wilhelmine (Scharlach) Kuennen. He graduated from Turkey Valley High School, class of 1970.  He served in the United States Army as an MP between North and South Korea. Following he attended Upper Iowa University with a BA degree in Education and was a two-time All-American wrestler.  Frank is a member of the Upper Iowa University Hall of Fame.  Frank was united in marriage to Shelley Searles on July 10, 1976, in West Union.  He was a teacher for several years in Bellevue, where he also started the high school wrestling program.  In 1978, he bought the Solon Feed Mill Inc., where he was able to carry on his love for agriculture, from growing up on the family farm near St. Lucas.  Frank loved spending time with his family and his many friends. Frank’s grandchildren were the light of his life!

 Frank is survived by his wife Shelley; his children Kylie (Ryan) Mausser of Amana and Greg (Nicole) Kuennen of Solon; eight grandchildren Berkley, Baylor, Briggs and Boone Mausser and Kapri, Thea, Kane and Beau Kuennen; his siblings Ida (Ron) Winker, Michael (Yvonne) Kuennen, Joanie Kuennen and Debby (Jamie) Hoarty; as well as his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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