Kenneth Eugene Verstuyft, 57, of Sabinal, TX was born on August 2,
1964, and passed away on July 16, 2022. Son of Eugene and Mildred
Verstuyft; husband of Lesley Verstuyft; father of Meagen (Jared)
Wiekamp, Macie (Patrick) Larkin, Valarie (Jason) LeJeune, and Victoria
Verstuyft; brother of Cathy (the late, Ernest Ray) Walton and Karen
(Mike) Hardin; grandfather of Taylor, Emily, Madison, Dayton,
Brynnlan, and Maebel. Uncle to: Tyler, Trent and Trevor Hardin; Shawna
(Michael) Muniz, and Michelle (Colin) Lawson. Cousin and friend to
Kenneth began his life as the baby of three on their family farm in
San Antonio, TX. Farming and ranching were part of his life at an
early age. Knowing he would most likely follow in his father’s
footsteps, his passion and love for farming, driving tractors, raising
animals, hunting, fishing, learning hard work and dedication grew and
grew. In his mind he was living a typical little boy’s dream of
growing up knowing what fun and discipline, all combined felt like,
while also growing in knowledge in everything it took to successfully
run his own farm.
The Verstuyft family of five ventured west to Sabinal, TX in 1978 when
Kenneth was a freshman in high school. He would go on to graduate from
Sabinal High School in 1982 and attend Southwest Texas Jr. College for
the duration of one year, but not before excelling in sports and FFA.
He participated in track and football during his time in high school
and achieved many accolades with the help of his quick feet and speed.
Stock show and FFA would become a life long love, although a typical
footrace on the farm would still arise every now and then against one
of his grandchildren brave enough to try and defeat their Farmer
Sabinal, TX is where Kenneth decided to stay to start a life of his
own, raising his four daughters and continuing in his father’s
footsteps of making farming and ranching his life. With the help of
family and friends, his four daughters were able to experience the
same life of growing up on a farm. Although his daughters would grow
up learning how to drive tractors, take care of farm animals, move
pipe, move farm equipment, and all the odds and ends, they all grew up
to be his shotgun rider instead, but their father welcomed the
company, which would always turn into great conversation and endless
talks of the younger days. Kenneth grew fond of breeding show pigs
later in life. He was able to excel in multiple major stock shows, as
well as county stock shows over the course of many years, with the
help of his girls who so willingly took on the role of “stock shower.”
Kenneth was the most loyal friend. There was never a time he wasn’t
making someone laugh with his slick jokes and big personality. His
circle ran wide and deep, he never met a stranger. And if you were one
of the lucky ones who really knew what a clever man Kenneth was, he
had a nickname sooner rather than later for just about everything and
everyone. His love of nicknames ranged from farm equipment to friends
and animals, all the way down to his grandchildren.
He humbled himself in ways he knew how. His kind heart and willingness
to drop everything to help anyone in need ran deep inside of him. Even
if you didn’t ask for his generosity, you were sure to receive it.
After all, his parents set the perfect example for him.
Kenneth was an extremely intelligent man, something he picked up
throughout life. If ever a question arose, he was the perfect man to
ask and if he didn’t know, he sure would figure out any way possible
to help you. A brain full of knowledge which sometimes confused people
coming from a simple farmer. He had an entire library but was humble
enough to keep to himself. Not knowing he was leaving an incredible
legacy, is what made his life so unique.
Kenneth’s life will live and shine on thru his children, grandchildren
and everyone he met along the way. After all, his enormous
personality, love for jokes and nicknames, hard work and dedication is
quite hard not to rub off on the ones he encountered throughout his
life. Kenneth wouldn’t have wanted an accolade, but his mark in this
world ran so deep, even the stars will forever applaud his humble
heart, kind spirit, and job well done, as he smiles down on all of us
in his forever in the sky.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by the recitation of the
Rosary at 7:00 on Thursday, July 21st Rushing Estes Knowles Funeral
Home in Sabinal, 410 W Cullins. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July
22nd at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in D’Hanis, FM 2200,.
Interment will follow at the Sabinal Cemetery, US Hwy 90.
Save some jokes for us, we will sure miss them. Your children will
miss you. Your grandchildren will miss you. Your friends and family
will miss you. As the days press on and we move on with life, keeping
your memory alive will not be in vain. Your life will live on thru the
souls you touched and the hearts who loved you.