Kenneth “Kenny” Hunsley Sr.

Kenny Hunsley, 76, died Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his rural Mazeppa home surrounded by his wife (Jan) and immediate family.

Kenneth Lane Hunsley Sr. was born October 6, 1944 in Denver, Colorado to Ralph and Elveda (Myers) Hunsley.  He is survived by his wife, Jan Kyllo; sons, Kenny Jr. (Kansas), Ray (Vivian of Maryland); daughters, Jennifer (Maryland), Tiffany (Bill Hall of Rochester); and their mother Judy Hunsley-Smith (Rochester); stepchildren Doug (Brandi of Kenyon), Todd (Kim of Stewartville), and Jenny (Pine Island); 18 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronnie Hunsley (New Mexico); sister, Veda Miller (Rochester); and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard and Jerry; and brother-in-law, Rodney Miller (Rochester).

Kenny’s hard work ethic had him known as a jack of all trades and a master of many. Kenny always loved the outdoors. His hunting and fishing skills started as a way to put food on the table that became lifelong hobbies, which he passed on to his children.  Kenny could often be found cooking around the campfire with family and friends or off riding his ATV with his buddies.  He loved bird-watching and had about a dozen feeders in the backyard to attract different birds.  In retirement, Kenny and Jan enjoyed traveling, Vikings, NASCAR and motocross racing events.

A celebration of life with family and friends will be held 4-7 pm on April 21, 2021 at his home.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Recovery Is Happening, 25 16th St. NE, Rochester, MN. 55906.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Kenny may be shared at

9 thoughts on “Kenneth “Kenny” Hunsley Sr.

  1. Jan & family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with in this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy.

  2. I have know Kenny since I moved to Rochester and that was 40+ yrs ago. We lived in the same apartment complex that he managed for several years.I always enjoyed his company and the many laughs we shared. Kenny sure did love good friends and visiting!! I remember visiting for weekends out at the lake with him and Big Erv. Sitting by the fire and telling stories and enjoying life.Such wonderful memories were made out at the lake, we had so much fun every time we were there for many years. My daughter and I went to our 1st Garth Brooks concert with Kenny many years ago, I believe it was Garth’s 1st concert in MN. I will cherish every memory!! My Prayers are with you ALL!!!

  3. So sorry for your loss Jan and family. Hugs and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.

  4. Dear Kenny, I remember your many warm welcomes, with a beer in hand at the very large fire pit “up on the hill” at Mac’s. Thanks for being such a great friend to Jan and Howard! Neal and I will miss your loving smile and hugs. Now, when Jesus takes your hand, go with him and enjoy eternity with our heavenly father❤️❤️

  5. To Jan and family — I am so very sorry for your loss. Kenny was a good friend. I will miss him.

  6. So sorry for your loss! We always enjoyed spending time with you guys! We had so much fun when we went to Laughlin for Vedas birthday and seeing him at Henry’s races. Ours prayers and blessings are for you and your family!

  7. Jan sorry for your loss. Hope you’ll be able to come back to Florida and see us sometime!!!

  8. To Jan & Family – Kenny was an inspiration to us, although we lived so far away. How he made the most of life, ( we remember fishing with him at the campground many years ago), his love of life and love, appreciation, and respect for Jan. I always have greatly appreciated his quiet support of Jan in her coming to MD and spending time with us and saving Iouri’s life.

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