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Leo B. Kenealy

October 8, 1932 September 29, 2019
Leo B. Kenealy
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On Sunday, September 29, 2019, Leo Kenealy, a loving husband and father passed away following a short illness at the age of 86.

Leo was born on October 8, 1932 in Neola, Iowa to Jerome and Florence (Schierbrock) Kenealy. Leo lived by the motto: “If you cannot sell yourself you will always be a failure in life”. Leo learned this from an elder salesman who told him that in life, you are always selling yourself through the quality work you do, to your family, co-workers, friends and society in general.

Leo’s business ventures were in farming, owner of the Minden Bowl and Cafe, and sales person for O’s Gold Seed. His greatest business accomplishment was being a founding partner of Four Star Seed Company in 1984. Four Star Seed Company is a Midwestern, farm-family owned, independent seed company based in Western Iowa. Over the years he was joined by his son Dennis and grew the company with sales primarily in seed corn and soybeans over a five-state area. Four Star Seed Company remains a family owned company with sons Dennis and Pat Kenealy now the primary owners.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Florence; brothers, Ray, Phil, Tom; and sister, Mary.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joann (Berens) and their six children: Kris (Jack) Stamp of Persia, Iowa, Kathy Kenealy of Omaha, Nebraska, Dennis (Jeanette) Kenealy of Beebeetown, Iowa, Pat (Shari) Kenealy of La Vista, Nebraska, Mike (Susie) Kenealy of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Susan (Mike) Vandermuss of Omaha, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and four ¾ great-grandchildren.

Leo has chosen to donate his body to the Creighton University School of Medicine for medical research.


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Visitation

Friday

4

Oct

4:00 PM 10/4/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 10/4/2019 6:00:00 PM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Neola

309 3rd Sreet
Neola, IA 51559

With rosary starting at 6:00 PM.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Neola
309 3rd Sreet Neola 51559 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

5

Oct

10:00 AM 10/5/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Neola

309 3rd Sreet
Neola, IA 51559

Followed by a luncheon at St Patrick Catholic Church Hall.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Neola
309 3rd Sreet Neola 51559 IA
United States

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St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Neola

309 3rd Sreet
Neola, IA 51559

American Lung Association

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