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Kenneth Maupin

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Kenneth “Kenny” Eldon Maupin, age 93, of New Hampton, died peacefully on January 12, 2024 at Kensington Nursing Center in New Hampton. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Methodist Church in New Hampton (201 N Locust Ave). Flowers and cards may be sent to the church. Friends may greet the family from 5:00 - 7:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service on Saturday. Kenny was born on May 27th 1930 in Plymouth, Iowa, the 5th of six children born to Davis and Gladys Maupin. He was a proud graduate of Rockford High School where he was very active in athletics (football, basketball and baseball) earning 11 of a possible 12 letters. His passion for sports continued his entire life whether he was participating or supporting his kids and grandkids in their athletics. Kenny also coached Junior High sports for 10 years and officiated football games for 33 years. In 1953 he met the love of his life, Phyllis Ewald. They were united in marriage on June 6th 1954. Kenny attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. The young couple moved to New Hampton where they would become lifelong residents and raise their family. Kenny was a well-respected teacher of Industrial Arts and Drafting at the High School. He is remembered as being a patient teacher who taught practical skills to his students and was quick to remember his former students by name. Kenny also enjoyed serving his community. He was a past president of the Lion’s Club, chairman of Education Association, Area One and a delegate to the Iowa Education State Convention. Kenny was a long time member of the United Methodist Church, serving on many boards and committees and putting his handyman skills to work on projects. He enjoyed volunteering at the Mercy Medical Hospital. In his summers, Kenny did carpentry work, repair work at Dungey’s Furniture Store and beautiful framework for the Frame Shop. Kenny possessed a strong work ethic and was a humble man with a quiet spirit and a big heart for helping others. After teaching 36 years at New Hampton High School, Kenny retired in 1992. Kenny enjoyed fishing, golfing, watching sports and woodworking. He made so many beautiful things for his family and friends over the years. Winters were spent at their place in Mission,Texas where he enjoyed the warm weather, playing golf even into his 90’s, shuffleboard and cards. Kenny was a soft-spoken man with a kind heart and whether at home or in Texas, Kenny forged many lasting friendships and enjoyed organizing social activities be it golf, cards, coffee or visiting. Kenny and Phyllis enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren-Kenny often doing many home improvement projects, as well. Kenny and Phyllis shared 62 years of marriage until Phyllis’ death in 2016. Kenny is preceded in death by parents; brothers, Dave, Glenn and Dale; sisters, Adabeth and Maxine and wife, Phyllis. Kenny was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and great-grandfather, brother, uncle and true friend. He is survived by sons, Duane (Cathy) and Roger (Robin); daughter (Diane Hartman) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nephews and nieces and dear friends.

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  1. Carolyn and I are sorry to hear this. Ken was a special person and will be missed. We played many rounds of golf together. RIP Ken!!!

  2. Sending prayers to the family of “Mr” Maupin. I use the “Mr” out of respect for a great teacher. I had him all 4 year of High School, class of ’67. I saw him quite a few times in the grocery store and he always took time to talk to me and asked what I did after High School. I saw him at Assisted Living once while I was visiting my Aunt

  3. I taught with Ken for many years! He was always admired by everyone on the staff! He was a GREAT teacher!! Our sympathy is with the entire Maupin Family! Dave and Kay Rasmussen

  4. I know that my sister, Susie Larsen Belmont, would want me to express our sympathy to you. Susie died two years ago. We pray that the Holy Spirit, in your everyday moments, will fill you with overflowing Hope,
    as you grieve the death of Kenny.
    Karen B. Gray

  5. Prayers & care for all of Kenny’s family. I will always remember the best smile ever when Kenny smiled. He was a good friend. Rest in Heaven Ken Maupin.
    Pastor Candie

  6. Sending my sincere sympathy to all of the Maupin family. Keeping you all in my prayers 🙏

  7. So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was coaching when I started teaching in New Hampton. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  8. Mr Maupin , Kenny, was a Master Teacher. Patient , , compassionate, caring, and had that unique ability to meet people at their own level. He would greet someone long after we had graduated and still greet you by name.

    There were a number of Master Teachers at New Hampton during those years, Bill O’Neill, Walt Jackson, Lorene Heusman, Laurence Jensen, Bob Utterback, Elaine Kennedy, Doc Hanson, Arlin Severson, and I could go on. Ken Maupin was truly a Master!!
    I’m thankful to have been blessed with him in my life!!

  9. Condolences to Ken’s family. We so enjoyed Ken and Phyllis at EVR. We played many card games and golf with them.
    Carolyn Tubbs

  10. Rest in Peace, Kenny. You were my dad’s “next door neighbor” at Kensington Place for a while, but more importantly, you and Phyllis were friends to my mom and dad for many years. I’m sure Phyllis and you are now enjoying your time back together. My sympathy to your entire family, especially to my classmate of ’73, Duane.

  11. Sending our deepest sympathies to you all. We just loved your parents. Now the are beautifully reunited in their heavenly home. Dave n Terry

  12. Our deepest sympathy to the Maupin family. Ken was such a sweet man and loved this community. Rest In Peace Ken.

  13. Sorry for your loss Maupin family I never knew Kenny but know Duane. Reading the obituary he sounded like a community man, husband and father. Praying for your family.

  14. I enjoyed playing golf and bridge with Kenny and Phyllis for many years in their winter home in Mission, Tx. The 2 of them were great friends.

  15. A caring and sincere, talented teacher who I greatly admired. I appreciated everything I learned from him so many years ago. What I learned in his shop class certainly helped me through my farming years. He was the kind of teacher that taught you so much more than just shop skills. He will be greatly missed by many. RIP Kenny.🙏

  16. Sympathies ….Truly enjoyed Ken as an educator, and also working a summer with him. Also enjoyed conversations when our paths would cross.
    Kevin Roths

  17. Mr. Maupin was a great example to a kid that needed a great example. He was my shop and drafting teacher. I was thinking of being a shop teacher and Mr. Maupin was helpful in letting me explore my interest in his classes. My senior year he let me be his assistant. He was a wonderful person who treated me as though I had it in me to make a success out of my life. His confidence helped me in doing that. After graduating from high school, I would sometime have an opportunity to visit with him, he always demonstrated a genuine interest in me. Last Christmas I was lucky enough to have a final visit. I was surprised to see in his family tree there was a “Huffman”. It made me smile. It’s nice to think that I have a little Maupin blood in me.


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