LeRoy E. Kennel


LeRoy E. Kennel, 88, Goshen, died Thursday, Feb. 14, at Elkhart Meadows.
LeRoy was born in Shickley, Nebraska, to Peter and Anna (Reeb) Kennel.
In 1953, he married Pauline Graybill of Freeport, Illinois. They lived in Goshen for the past seven years.
She survives along with four children, Jon (Mary) Kauffmann-Kennel, Elkhart, Rita (Larry) Lopienski, Bartlett, Illinois, Janice (Lonnie) Ropp, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Jay (Laura Grabowski), Riverside, California; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Willard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: sister, Fern Springer; and brothers, Harry, Lester and Mahlon.
LeRoy received an associate's degree from Hesston College, Kansas; bachelor's degree from Goshen College; master's degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (then Goshen Biblical Seminary); master's degree from University of Iowa; and doctorate from Michigan State University.
LeRoy pastored a number of churches, founding Lombard Mennonite Church, Illinois, and founding as co-pastor with Pauline Christ, Community Mennonite Church, Schaumburg, Illinois. He served interim pastorates including Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend, and as co-pastor with Pauline at Little Pine Church of the Brethren, Goshen, and North Liberty Church of the Brethren.
LeRoy taught at schools including Goshen College, Bethany Theological Seminary, then in Oak Brook, Illinois, where he taught for 14 years, and Indiana University, South Bend.
LeRoy served as president of the Academy of Homiletics and of the Religious Speech Communication Association, as well as chairperson of Preaching and Worship of the North American Academy of Liturgy. The Academy of Homiletics presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
He wrote, "The Bible and Worship," "Ecology of the Airwaves," "Preaching as Shared Story" and "Visual Arts and Worship."
The role of Christians in political life was a strong interest. He ran for the U.S. Congress from Illinois in 1980 and 1982.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 16, at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, with visitation from 1-2:30 p.m. with a service at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary or Mennonite Central Committee.
Arrangements are with Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
Published on February 26, 2019
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Aldine Slagell Sprunger
Mar 25, 2019
I recently hard the news. I was a nursing student at Wheaton College in 1957-59. During that time I helped with the Sunday school classes at the Lombard Mennonite Church. I appreciated the work of you and Rev. Kennel. Fond memories, —Aldine Slagell Sprunger