Kenneth D. Moneypenny

Oct. 10, 1921 – Sept. 24, 2020


Oct. 10, 1921 – Sept. 24, 2020

Kenneth D. Moneypenny, 98, a lifelong resident of Saline County, passed away at the Wilber Care Center on Sept. 24, 2020.

Kenneth was born Oct. 10, 1921, to Chancy and Bessie Moneypenny on the family farm south of Pleasant Hill. He attended District 75 country school near Pleasant Hill and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1939. Kenneth was drafted into the U.S. army in 1942 and served his country overseas in Central Europe in World War II. Kenneth was a clerk typist for his division. Kenneth’s attention to detail and organizational skills made him the best in his division. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he returned home to devote his time to farming and raising registered Polled Herefords. With the advice from Fred I Rolland, Kenneth attended Duncan Auctioneering School in Iowa. He married Bessie R. Hanna on June 26, 1975. For more than 45 years, Kenneth auctioned many livestock and farm sales. He partnered with Ed Rychecky for 43 years and were the most sought-after auctioneering company of their time. Known for his dress of a cowboy hat, belt buckle and cowboy boots, he would always greet you with a contagious smile. A fair, honest and dependable man, he was always there to help out his neighbors and friends. After the passing of his first wife, Bessie Hanna, Kenneth met Doris Kastanek and wed Sept. 30, 1997. You would see them in the mornings for coffee at the bar in Wilber, and the afternoons driving the country sides in Saline County. In 2016, Kenneth and Doris moved to the Wilber Care Center and he resided there until his death.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother in-law, Gene and Lavina Setzer; wives Bessie and Doris; and many friends. He is survived by step-children; step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life was Sept. 30. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a charitable donation to be made in Kenneth’s memory at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at