FOND DU LAC – A native of Fond du Lac, 71-year-old Ken Huelsman is a guy who not only lives his faith but willingly shares it with others.
Graduating from Goodrich High in 1964, Huelsman held various positions until he was drafted into the United States Army in November 1965. Subsequently, he received an honorable discharge in November 1967.
When his first wife died after 34 years of marriage, he married Helen in 2005. Their stepfamily includes two sons and three daughters, as well as eight grandchildren and Bella, a 5-year-old Chihuahua.
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Huelsman retired from Mercury Marine, where he worked as a machinist for 39 and a half years, in 2007. Long before his retirement (that was around 1984, he recalls), he and his friend were pressured into reaching out. hand to members of his family. church, then known as the Gospel Tabernacle Church (now Lighthouse Christian Church). The family was involved in a tragic incident.
“I felt I was called (to share God’s word of love with the grieving family),” he said. “They were from my church, but at the time I didn’t know them personally.”
He started studying the Bible in their home, with six or seven participants, he said. The group quickly grew to around 35.
Huelsman, now a member of Community Church for many years, leads a group of 23 who share Bible studies and pray for the needs of members of the congregation every Wednesday evening.
“Nothing is too big … nothing is too small,” he said. Huelsman also runs the prayer chain in his church.
Ephesian 2: 8-9 is his favorite Bible verse. Bible studies are non-denominational, which means that all denominations are welcome whether or not they have the faith.
Huelsman has been asked by family members to officiate on occasion at the funeral services of their loved ones, if the deceased had ever made his wishes known to surviving family members.
Huelsman is also one of the ministries that organize Bible studies at Touchstone Living Center, Harbor Haven Health & Rehabilitation, Woodlands Senior Park, Lake View Place, and GRancare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, all in Fond du Lac.
The Huelsmans love to travel and have visited the states of Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, and Colorado, among others. Every two years, Huelsman meets with four of his military “buddies” for a reunion, along with their spouses.
They both fondly recall that the most memorable trip was driving his 2008 Mustang convertible on Route 66 to Santa Monica, California.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he joked.
A familiar face at the YMCA, Huelsman plays pickleball. For the past three years, he was one of the many participants in the National Day of Prayer, which takes place every May. Huelsman prayed for the residents of the retirement homes in Fond du Lac. The event was usually held at the YMCA, but last May the event was moved to the Veterans Park.
When asked what his future goals were, Huelsman was quick to respond, “Helping as many people, as long as I can, one way or another.”