ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Kenneth G. Schroeder, 91, of Estherville will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday,
April 30, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastors Chad and Kennen Ensz officiating. Interment will be at East Side Memorial Cemetery in Estherville.
He died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
Kenneth G. Schroeder
Kenneth Glen Schroeder, the son of Henry and Lena (Behrends) Schroeder, was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Halfa.
As a young man he moved with his family to Ringsted and graduated from Ringsted High School in 1939. After graduating he attended one year of college at Estherville Junior College.
Kenneth (Kenny) was the youngest of six children. He began farming with his father, Henry, in 1940 and when ready to settle down met Valera (Val) Knudsen whom he met through family. The two married in 1951, at the Fredsville Church in Dike. Driving off as newlyweds in their red Chrysler Windsor, Kenny and Val began farming together in 1951. Kenny and Val enjoyed nearly 62 years of marriage built on a solid foundation of, (Ken's words) "You take care of the inside and I'll take care of the outside." Kenny was proud of Val's nursing career and together they raised five children, Barbara, Doug, Linda, Kevin and Beth, all of whom cherish memories of a playful, loving, hands-on Dad and devoted Grandpa.
Kenny loved farming and was at his best when he was active in it. Ken's farming operation was featured in the Sept. 21, 1969, issue of the Estherville Daily News, The Rural Rambler. Kenny embraced innovation and was one of the first farmers to pick, shell and dry corn in Emmet County.
Kenny partnered with his son, Doug, in the farm operation in 1978. Although Kenny retired from farming in 1983, he continued to help on the farm throughout his life of 91 years.
Kenny had a sharp wit and enjoyed a good story, many of which were told by his friends at the local grain elevator in Gruver.
Left to cherish Kenneth's memory are his wife Valera; five children, Barbara (Douglas) Squires. Douglas (Debra) Schroeder, Linda (Keith) Schlapkohl, Kevin (Teresa) Schroeder and Beth (James) Andersen; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, brother and four sisters.
Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com.