Kenneth J. Schorn, 89, of West Point, died Thursday, August 17, 2023 at the Wisner Care Center. Memorial Mass will be 10:30am on Wednesday, August 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. James Weeder as celebrant. The funeral will be live streamed on the Stokely Funeral Home Facebook page at facebook.com/stokelyfuneralhome. Burial with Military Honors will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery with lunch following at the Nielsen Center. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home. Family will be present at visitation from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Memorials may be made the GACC Endowments. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
Kenneth Joseph Schorn was born on July 2, 1934 to Paul and Margaret (Gentrup) Schorn in Crofton. After his mother died when Ken was 18 months old, he found a new home filled with love and warmth in the arms of his aunts and uncles, Joe and Ann Gentrup and Lucy Gentrup in West Point. He attended Guardian Angels Catholic School to the 8th grade. In 1956, Ken was drafted into the United States Army where he was stationed in Panama for 2 years. Returning to West Point after his honorable discharge, he married Maureen Wiese on June 27, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tabor.
Ken’s professional journey saw him behind the wheel, steering his way through life’s challenges. He drove truck for Ortmeier’s Feed and Seed before finding his niche at Norco Feed in 1965, where he dedicated over two decades of hard work and dedication. Even in retirement, Ken’s love for the road persisted as he chauffeured and drove residents to appointments for the West Point Living Center.
He found joy in pursuits like bowling, casino visits, polka dancing, and participating in various card clubs. Ken could be seen casting a line on tranquil waters, seeking treasures at auctions, or listening to the chimes of his cherished clock collection. Ken found solace and excitement in the open road. Whether it was embarking on vacations in a camper or simply driving around, he reveled in the journey as much as the destination. Ken’s personality knew no barriers, and he forged connections with anyone he met. He took up videography as a hobby, creating lasting memories for his loved ones and anyone who asked.
Survivors include his wife, Maureen; son, Michael (Cindy) Schorn of Banks, OR and their children- Catherine, Joe, David, and Mary; daughter, Monica (Kenneth) Pagels of Lincoln and their children- Craig (Jen), Brian (Rachael), and Jodi (Jamie) Stratton; daughter, Margaret Schorn of Omaha; daughter, Melann (Glen) Wiechman of West Point and their children- Jeremy, Casey (Vince) Krejci, and Andrew (Kelly); daughter, Mary Jo (David) Gardner of Colorado Springs, CO and their children- Jack, Grace, and Blake; daughter, Michelle (Mark) Wooldrik of West Point and their children- Anna, Evelyn, Greta, and Henry; sister, Wilma (Mel) French; brothers, David (Linda) Schorn and Larry (Mary) Gentrup; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Margaret Schorn and Joe and Ann Gentrup; aunt, Lucy Gentrup; sister, Joanne (Paul) Leriger; and brothers, Cletus and Norbert (Martha); and parents-in-law, Anton and Lillian Wiese.