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Kenneth N. Nanfelt

Born: Mon., Jan. 11, 1937
Died: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

Funeral Service


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 20, 2020
Location: Cornerstone Community Church

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Kenneth Donald Nanfelt, 83, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, passed away from heart-related conditions on Monday, December 14, 2020.
Born on January 11, 1937 in New Jersey, Kenneth was the eldest of the three children of Alfred and Alice (Moreland) Nanfelt (Heimburger).   He married Adele Nystrom Nanfelt, his wife of nearly 63 years who passed away this past June. Together Adele and Ken raised three children, Lee Nanfelt, Kay (Nanfelt) Burklin, and Scott Nanfelt. He was a proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Ken was raised in Middleboro, Massachusetts, where his father led him to faith in Christ as a boy. He attended Wheaton Academy (IL), where he met Adele, who accompanied him as a choir soloist. They both attended Wheaton College (IL) and settled in southeastern Massachusetts in 1957, where they raised their three children in Lakeville.
Ken was a larger than life person, generous and entrepreneurial in spirit. Known for his outgoing nature, Ken shared the Gospel everywhere he went, in music, church, and business. Adele was Ken’s favorite accompanist in music and in life, but in his twenties Ken travelled as a soloist with evangelist, Jack Wyrtzen, of Word of Life, singing weekly on Mutual Network. He served twenty-six years as lay Pastor at Mullein Hill Church (now Cornerstone Community Church) and was an interim pastor at several others. Ken’s business ventures included Nanfelt Furs, a mink farm and fur shop, and Delken Laundromat and Dry Cleaning.
Ken loved people, music, and the Gospel. After Adele passed away, Ken returned to Middleboro and kept in touch with friends and family, including his great-grandchildren on both coasts and in Munich, Germany. He loved to study the Scriptures, listen to his favorite preachers and classical music, and share family photos. He was known for meeting everyone around him wherever he went, whether at the gym or the diner. He was scheduled to lead Christmas carols this Sunday at Central Congregational Church in Middleboro, recalling the song, Ring the Bells, of his early 1960s gospel album. 
Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Jane (Nanfelt) Scripps and his wife, Adele (Nystrom) Nanfelt. He is survived by his brother, Ronald Nanfelt, three children, and their families.


Drive-by time condolences for Ken’s family will be held on Sunday, December 20 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Cornerstone Community Church in Lakeville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small, private memorial service will be held separately at the original Mullein Hill Church, where he will also be laid to rest. 

A recording of the memorial service may be provided upon request to centralcongregationalchurch@gmail.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to the Missions Fund, c/o Central Congregational Church, Middleborough, Massachusetts.  


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David Stewart
   Posted Fri December 18, 2020
Ken was a wonderful brother in the lord. He did a wonderful deed for my daughter and for myself in 1999. He was a man of God who always was an encouragement to me when I was a hurting man. He prayed for me! He blazed an example of what it meant to see Jesus in someone. Here was truly a man of God. I can hear Jesus say "well done thou good and faithful servant". Pastor Dave, Dighton Community Church

Steuart and Carol Bailey
   Posted Sat December 19, 2020
Ken was the kindest, most genuine soul and was so greatly respected by everyone who knew him. Here at Dartmouth Bible Church, he served as guest speaker and advisor over the years, and his gentle voice and warm laugh will be greatly missed.
I remember many years ago, when he spoke at our missions conference, he taught us how to us Pocket Testament League gospels to share our faith. That practice is still on-going with members of DBC, and is part of his legacy. Both Ken and Adele modeled for all of us what it means to walk a faithful life of love. They are fondly remembered and missed.
Blessings to all the Nanfelft family.

Gerel Crosby
   Posted Sun December 20, 2020
No words can adequately relate the loss in our lives but the gain your dad has attained in heaven. We were sad for him when your mother passed but are consoled that they are together again. Blessings on all the family as you go on without your parents . We know you will carry on and remember what a wonderful testimony they left. So thankful for the great example they were for us.

Bethany Scanlon Laporte
   Posted Sun December 20, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of Ken passing. I have loved your dad and mom for many many years and will never forget that it was because of their genuine love toward others that I became curious about a relationship with Jesus Christ when I was a young teenager. I and three of my sisters, Paula, Stacy, and Debby babysat you three Nanfelt kids in the 60's. You were fabulous kids. I know so many people who attribute their coming to know the Lord, and learning to walk with Him, to your parents' faithfulness. May God bless you all and comfort you as only He can.

Marge Elowson/Johnson
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
To the entire family I want to extend my sadness over Ken's death but happiness because I know he is in heaven with our Lord. Adele was my closest cousin so we spent many days together as we were growing up & I spoke with her shortly before she passed away. Then spoke with Ken a few days after she was gone. They were wonderful with each other and know that the Lord was the center of their lives. I will see them when we are all joined together in heaven. Until then, may the Lord bless you as you enter a new phase in your life without your parents here on earth. Love to all, Marge

al bochman
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
My gratest sympathy goes out to the family of Ken. I remember him because of his children that I had the pleasure of teaching at Freetown Lakeville public schools. He always had a smile on his face and I remember it well especially when I would see him at athletic events. May he rest in peace and may his family be well and safe

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