William “Bill” Trivette Kuenzel, 73, of Millers Creek passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 14, 2019, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Julius Blevins officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Friday evening at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home and also immediately following the memorial service in the chapel.

Mr. Kuenzel was born Dec. 6, 1945, in Miami, Fla., to William Robert Kuenzel and Eleanor Trivette Kuenzel. He grew up in Wilkes County with his grandparents, D.T. and Minnie Trivette, and farmed their family land for many years. He graduated from Wilkes Central High School and Western Carolina University, where he and Susan met in the library. He earned a master’s degree from Appalachian State University. He retired from the Wilkes County school system, where he was a librarian at Boomer-Ferguson Elementary School and was a tech ed at different schools in Wilkes County.

He was an Eagle Scout and served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. He was a talented storyteller and shared stories and apples as Johnny Appleseed at early Brushy Mountain Apple Festivals and at various schools in the county. He enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby. Bill was a polio survivor, which led to neuropathy and mobility issues late in life.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Kuenzel is survived by his wife, Susan Nixon Kuenzel of the home; a daughter, Codie Kuenzel of Lowesville; a son, William “Will” Kuenzel and wife, Amy, of Charleston, S.C.; two grandchildren, Jenna Kuenzel and Lana Kuenzel; and a sister, Diane Kuenzel Clark and husband, Robert, of Morganton.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

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