Harold Leroy Kennel, age 63, of Quarryville, PA passed away on February 22, 2019. Harold was born on February 17, 1956, to the late Elam and Gladys (Lehman) Kennel and grew up in Atglen, PA. A graduate of Octorara High School and Millersville University, Harold married Joanne (Diem) Kennel on December 22, 1979, and they moved to Honduras to become missionaries. Returning to Pennsylvania in 1982, they began a family, and Harold started several construction businesses. Always a hard worker, Harold also joyfully showed his love for Jesus and the community as a part of the Christiana Lion’s Club and Christiana Mennonite Church. This desire to give back also led Harold to become an industrial arts teacher at Octorara High School in 1995, where he was known for a cheerful smile and singing in the halls. Harold was a devoted husband and father, and his love for his family especially shone through in the way he cared for his family during his daughter Rebecca’s serious illnesses. This family life was tragically cut short on September 18, 1999, when Harold was in a terrible car accident, which left him with a serious, permanent brain injury. Although the family will never understand why Harold suffered so, they are grateful for the love and care of the many nurses and doctors who helped Harold to live a life of dignity despite his injuries. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Rebecca Kennel, and a grandchild, Eden Kennel. Harold is survived by his wife, Joanne, his son, Matthew Kennel, husband of Brooke, of Lubbock, TX, and his daughter, Sara (Kennel) Hall, wife of Chris, of Lancaster, PA, one grandchild, Peter Hall, and two sisters, Mary Ellen Kennel of South Orange, NJ and Ruth Tatum of Riverton, NJ.
A memorial service will take place at the Shivery Funeral Home, 111 Elizabeth Street, Christiana, PA on Saturday, March 2nd at 11 a.m., with a time to greet the family from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Shivery Funeral Home, to assist Harold’s family with funeral expenses.
“The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
-1 Cor 15:52-55