Kenneth Winrich, loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle, stepped out of his broken body and into his new one on the morning of October 23, 2019, at Clearview nursing home, in Juneau, WI, at the age of 66. Kenn, after a tragic accident 14 1/2 years ago on Feb 11, 2005 was involved in a serious multi-vehicle accident that left him with severe life threatening injuries severe brain injury and unable to communicate or interact. He was on Life Support at UW Hospital then moved to a regular room as he began to improve. He was transferred to a special brain injury facility in Milwaukee where he continued to improve and began breathing on his own. Many advanced therapies were attempted to stimulate the brain and aid in the recovery. He continued to improve at a slower pace than the facility preferred and he was moved to Clearview Nursing Home. Kenn had lived with many medical obstacles and challenges during the last fourteen and a half years. He lived out his days at the nursing home being pretty healthy for his condition until the end when he developed an infection and pneumonia. Many of his family were able to spend time with him and see him before he passed.
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Kenn (with 2 N's as he always insisted) was the eldest, born in Havre, MT, on September 4, 1953 to Donald and Arlene (Bitterman) Winrich. He married Carol (South) Winrich on Sept 21, 1973, in Madison, WI where their 3 children, Jeremy, Shawn and daughter Esther were born. Kenn was a longtime member and employee of City Church (formerly Madison Gospel Tabernacle), where he loved to worship and developed lifelong relationships.
He was self employed and working for Chase lumber company at the time of his accident. In his free time he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, discussing philosophical topics, working with computers, Linux, complaining about Microsoft and other large mega corporations stomping all over the little guys. Be sure to poke your Microsoft equipped computer in his honor so he knows he got in a few last jabs. He'd have a huge smile on his face knowing that Microsoft had to cave and now embeds Linux in their Operating system. If you have no idea what that means, just know that he was way ahead of his time in many respects.
Kenn also enjoyed traveling with his wife Carol and younger kids. They visited locations like Hawaii, MT, ID, AR, FL, IL, IA, DC and many more.
Kenn was always an extremely hard worker, many times suffering in silence from lack of sleep and exhaustion. He was always a rebel and rooted for the underdog and the runt. He will always be remembered for doing what HE believed to be right, never caring what people thought of his actions, beliefs or outfits. We will always remember his tank tops, long striped shorts, knee high tube socks with colored rings at the top and sandals. He frequently looked goofy but was always friendly talkative and loved the Lord and his family. He lived by the Love Thy Neighbor command and always tried to help others even when it was continually at his expense and they maybe didn't deserve it.
He was also very good at drawing in his high school or so years and drew cars that resembled many that were designed and built years later.
While grieving, we rejoice that Kenn is running up and down the streets of heaven (or riding motorized toys) with those who have preceded in death. His parents Donald L. Winrich and Arlene B. (Bitterman) Winrich, his grand parents and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by children, Jeremy Winrich of Madison, Shawn (Jennifer) Winrich of Madison, Esther Derfus of Sun Prairie, sisters Ardyth (Curt) Sailsbery of Waupaca, WI, Janet (Mark) Felton of SunPrairie, WI, Sharon (David) Batz of Bristow, VA, and brother Stanley (Dawn) Winrich of Waupaca, 4 wonderful grandchildren; Basil (Justice), Kai (Kaili), Mason and Desiree and many nieces and nephews.
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