KATE Gosselin is grieving the death of her beloved father, Kenton E. Kreider, who has died aged 71, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The 46-year-old, who disappeared from the public eye after her custody battle with ex Jon and relocated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, lost her dad earlier this year.
Kate was reportedly estranged from Kenton, along with her mother, Charlene, for years, and it is not known whether they reconciled before her father’s death.
An online obituary reveals his background in the United States Navy and his career in teaching before becoming a pastor, and lists that he has 24 grandchildren.
It reads: “Reverend Kenton E. Kreider, 71, of Hershey, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, surrounded by family.
“Born Sunday, May 1, 1949, in Hershey, he was the son of Clair E. Kreider and the late Edythe I. (Robinson) Kreider of Hershey.
“Ken was part of the Lower Dauphin High School Class of 1967 where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Charlene ‘Char’ R. (Kolak) Kreider.
“Upon graduation, Ken immediately began his four-year commitment to the United States Navy with his first assignment stationing him in Jacksonville, Florida. Ken and Char were married in Jacksonville on March 16, 1968. They recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.”
A viewing and memorial were held over two days at GracePoint Evangelical Free Church in Palmyra, PA with Pastor Bob Sproul.
The obituary reveals Ken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College and his Master of Education Degree from Millersville University.
He was a sixth grade teacher at Mt. Calvary Christian School, Elizabethtown and later went on to teach science and bible studies at the middle school for many years.
Later in his career, he was a short-term teacher of history and social studies at Lititz Christian School.
“Following his retirement from teaching, the Lord called Ken to be Visitation Pastor for Elizabethtown Christian & Missionary Alliance Church (now The Alliance Church of Elizabethtown) and more recently he became the pastor of Cassels Alliance Church, Manchester,” it explains.
In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by five children: Kendra, Christen, Katie, Kevin, and Clairissa, along with their partners.
Also surviving Ken is his father, Clair, of Middletown, his grandchildren, one great-grandchild, sister Karol Saner, as well as his extended family and caring friends.
In lieu of flowers at his service, donations were also made to Align Life Ministries and Water Street Mission.
Kate is believed to be estranged from her three sisters and brother, Kevin, who… Brinkwire Brief News.