Forest Elwin Kendell, 80, passed away on July 8, 2018 at GRMC in Burlington, IA following a brief illness. He is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 58 years, and 3 children, Darren (Kris), Ginger Brainard (Don), and Darven (Lara), and 6 loving grandchildren, Nicholas and Alyssa Kendell, Adam and Karis Brainard, and Ryan and Jessica Kendell.
Elwin was born April 26, 1938 in Indian Grove, MO to Forest and Violette Kendell. He graduated from high school in Brunswick, MO, and attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO. He transferred to Northeast Missouri State University at Kirksville where he met his lifelong love, Bonnie Hayes, whom he married August 23, 1959 at Asbury Methodist Church, Keytesville, MO.
Elwin obtained his master's degree in guidance counseling, and was a guidance counselor for the Burlington Community School District from 1961 to 1996. He was a member of Burlington's First United Methodist Church. Elwin's passion was camping and travelling to the Rockies with his wife and family. He instilled a great love for the beauty and majesty of the mountains in his children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church. Memories made in the mountains live in our hearts forever.
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We have many wonderful memories of Elwin. He always lit up when he shared his love of family, camping, and the mountains.
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Sid and Peg Carter
Elwin was such a gentleman. I know i only knew him for such a short time but he made a huge impression on me. He showed me his passion for camping and shared some memories with me. He spent many days showing me the in and outs of his camper that he eventually sold to me. I truly will miss you. Rest in peace and God Bless you and your family.
Elwin was a very nice man and I am glad that I got to know him through his daughter Ginger. Praying for the family.
I am sorry for you loss. Elwin was a kind and caring man. My first memories of him are as a Counselor at Oak Street (many years ago), yet I've had conversations with him over the last few years as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bonnie, Darren, Ginger and Darvin.
Your Ottawa First UMC prays for you. Such a kind, gentle soul leaves lasting footprints EVERYWHERE but especially in your hearts! God Bless you with God's comforting, peace-filled mercies! Pastor Cheri
Mr. Kendell was a very special and kind man. Always positive and thoughtful, he was faithful to invest his time in his children and grandchildren. We can't imagine the loss his family must feel. Kind, funny, and wise would only begin to summarize this great man.
It was definitely a privilege getting the opportunity to grow up living next to Elwin and Bonnie. He was one of the best neighbors I could ever ask for. Very sad that I am unable to make it to his services, but Bonnie and the rest of his family are in my prayers.
Such a nice man and a wonderful , life long friend to my parents. Sending prayers.
Shannon Pfeiffer (Carter)
A great neighbor growing up,
Rest in Peace
Mr. Kendell was my middle school counselor at Oak Street. He was always very nice to me and help me many times.
He was my guidance counselor in the 80s at oak street middle school. He was a very nice helpful man.
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