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Ken Huelman, 73, died Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines after an extended illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Jim Brokman as Celebrant. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to mass at church on Saturday.

Kenneth Joseph Huelman was born February 3, 1947 in Storm Lake, Iowa, the son of Norbert and Lola Schulte Huelman. He grew up in Schaller, Iowa, and graduated from Schaller High School. He attended The University of Northern Iowa and was a center on the basketball team where he was known as “Tree”. ​​

On August 1, 1970, Ken was united in marriage to Regina Naeve at the UNI Catholic Student Center in Cedar Falls.

Ken was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was a volunteer and supporter of the Vinton Depot. Ken taught for forty years in the Vinton school system as a physical education teacher, driver’s education instructor and coached various sports, retiring in 2010.

Ken is survived by his wife of 49 years, Regina, of Vinton; daughter, Andrea (Mike) Naillon, Baxter, MN.; granddaughter, Josie Naillon, Baxter, MN; son-in-law, Terry Zaruba, Cedar Rapids; brother, Thomas (Lili) Huelman, St. Louis, MO; sisters, Joann (Richard) Kinyon, Ames and Janette (Denny) Hansen, Manilla.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Monica.

Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Ken and his family. Condolences may be left at

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Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. He was a great teacher.
By: Kurt Janssen on February 10th 2:03pm
Such a wonderful man and educator. Rest in Peace Coach. I
By: Craig Merchant on February 10th 2:09pm
Ken touched many lives in his career and will be missed. by all who knew him.
By: Deborah Vaughan on February 10th 6:23pm
OMG I remember this guy very well from elementary school. He often subbed for gym class. 😭 Too bad he’s gone.
By: Ian Sallee on February 10th 8:54pm
I remember u being my gym teacher an pushing me to have physical strength beside emotional strength.i beat everyone in be arm hang an that make feel special. I wish u the best in life.ty for the deepest to ure knew me as Bonnie Craig
By: Angel Gladue on February 10th 11:01pm
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. My sympathies and prayers go out to the Huelman Family and Friends in this time of grief.
By: Tom Primmer on February 11th 8:33am
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Huelman's passing. He was my elementary school P.E. teacher and my driver's education instructor. I did not have much driving experience and was very scared and nervous, but he was always very kind to me. He will be very missed. My heart is with his family during this difficult time.
By: Kelby Robb on February 11th 9:29am
He was a wonderful man, mentor and teacher. He impacted so many lives in a positive way. He was always funny and fun to be around. He will be missed. A true “giving tree”
By: Mark Hilliard on February 11th 9:44am
I knew Ken for many years. First as an opposing coach and then as a fellow teacher and coach. Ken talked me into getting my Driver Ed certification and I was his teaching partner for many years. He was a great mentor and a classy person. He will be missed.
By: Steve McGrew on February 11th 10:29am
God bless a person that give there all for children. As educators, we love our children in the world. He did so.
By: Thomas And Terry Geiger on February 11th 2:17pm
I will never forget my sophmore year of driver's ed and learing to drive on the interstate. Was at the Toddville exit on ramp...thought that I was not at the stop line (apparently I was) when he hit the instructor's brake. We both jolted a little. He then looked over at me, then said, "Woman! What are you doing?" Never forgot that. Now anything I do, I remember those words. RIP Mr. Huelman. I will never forget you.
By: Gina Lahue on February 11th 2:29pm
A loss for us all. Ken was a colleague with a terrific sense of humor that bundled a serious devotion to his teaching responsibilities. He cared for kids and wanted to do the best by them.
By: Don Eells on February 11th 3:52pm
I’m so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Keeping the whole family in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time.
By: Tricia Howe on February 11th 4:10pm
Ken or "Moose" as we knew him in Schaller as a great basketball center and a good friend. He will be missed.
By: Richard Hogue on February 11th 5:41pm
Remembering a fellow PE teacher and the enjoyment of his friendship. We both enjoyed Sunday nights at the racetrack.
By: Diana Lamphier on February 11th 6:40pm
So sorry to to hear of Ken's passing. RIP my friend. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
By: Allen Brenner on February 11th 6:53pm
About the only class I can really remember from Lincoln was Ken's gym class because he always made it so much fun. He was also my drivers ed teacher and I am sure I gave him a few gray hairs. You are in my prayers and I hope you find some comfort in all the fond memories.
By: Julie Wood-Schmidt on February 11th 8:11pm
My husband and I were saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We so enjoyed seeing him when we were in Iowa several years ago. May he now be reunited with his daughter, Monica, and rest peace.
By: Janet Waterbury Pauley on February 12th 7:25am
To Ken's family and Joann, Tom and Janette; we express our sympathy and prayers for Kenny. Long time Schaller and St. Joseph's friends, Ann and Carol Grundmeier and Barb and Rich Jorgensen
By: Ann Grundmeier on February 15th 11:06am
We were so sad to hear about Ken’s passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Pennie and Steven Apel
By: Pennie And Steven Apel on February 16th 10:46pm
Ken will certainly be missed in our community, Our sympathy to all of you.
By: Larry & June Kruger on February 17th 10:41am
I can still hear him shout "Street shoes!" at the end of gym class. A staple of Vinton education. To his family: May you find peace in your grief as you remember this one you loved.
By: Jenn Zieser on February 18th 6:30am

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