Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home

Kenneth James `Ken` Bonnell , Age 71

January 04, 1950 --June 25, 2021

Kenneth James "Ken" Bonnell, age 71 of Baraboo, WI passed away on Friday June 25, 2021 at home with his family by his side. He fought for 12 years against Cardiac Amyloidosis. He was born January 4, 1950 to Iver and Eleanor (Hall) Bonnell of North Freedom.

Young Kenny sold vegetables that his mother grew in her garden, when he wasn't in the shop with his dad. Otherwise, he would hang out at Ulrich's gas station or racing his go-cart around the North Freedom Park. His love of cars/trucks, specifically Fords, never let up. Whether it was building motors, doing bodywork, or making four-wheel drives, you could usually find him in the garage.

On September 28, 1985 Ken married Peggy Hanson. They were married for 35 years. It went from Ken and his three girls to a family of yours/mine & ours.

Ken was a dedicated family man. He always worked hard to provide for his family. Logging to clear for highways, painting and doing bodywork for more than a few shops, or the 30 years he worked for Seneca Foods. In his retirement he enjoyed traveling to various national parks across the country, classic car cruises with his friends, and best of all spending time building cars and trucks with Buddy.

Ken is survived by his wife, Peggy; his children, Wendy (Phil) Jenkins, Brenda Crom, Pamela Bonnell, Michael "Buddy" (Jenny) Bonnell, Shawn Elsner, Angela (Patrick) Elsner; grandchildren, Tanner Mary, Katie, Ashley, Gabrielle, Conner, Samantha, Joshua, Christopher, Dreyden, Jonathan, Damon, Violet; great grandchildren, Jordan, Alvah, Levi, and Ella; brother-in-law, Gene Hein; nieces, Peggy and Becky; as well as several other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Iver and Eleanor Bonnell; sister, Gloria Hein; in-laws, Gayle and Mary Hanson; and several aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

Memorials can be made out to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, UW Heart Failure Clinic, or First United Methodist Church, Baraboo.

A funeral service will take place on Tuesday June 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Baraboo with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom following the service.


Patricia Bullard June 26, 2021

Friend Reedsburg , Wisconsin

I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing and send my condolenceds to Peggy and Ken's family. May you find comfort in sweet memories, the love and care of family and riends, and the strengthening embrace of God's care.

Michael Heiser July 05, 2021

Long time friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Peggy, I do not get the paper. So sorry for your loss. I new ken for years and you too. I delivered your mail a few years back. Our prayers are with you.