Kenneth Benedict, 94, of Lamberton, died peacefully with family surrounding him on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at St. John’s Circle of Care in Springfield.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 13, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph in Lamberton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Joseph with Father Phil Schotzko officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Lamberton.
Kenneth John Benedict, was born Feb. 27, 1925, to John and Elizabeth Benedict and raised on the farm his grandfather homesteaded in 1905. Ken graduated from Lamberton High School in 1943. He married Esther Henning June 5, 1946, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy. Ken and Esther raised their nine children on the family farm teaching them the value of a hard day’s work and faith in God. He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where he was baptized, received first communion, and confirmed. Besides farming, Ken also drove school bus for the Lamberton School District for 40 years and helped Esther with her Countryside Cooks catering service. In his retirement, he dedicated many years and miles driving for Western Community Action, where he was always in the know of his clients’ lives. In his free time, you could find him fishing on his favorite lake, playing a hand of cards with friends, or watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. In August of 2018, his failing health caused him to move to St. John Lutheran Home. Whether they were near or far away, he was always aware of what was going on the lives of his kids and grandkids. Ken was well ahead of GPS and Google maps; able to give you directions to most anywhere. We know old drivers never die, they just choose a different route Home.
Ken was welcomed into Heaven by his wife, Esther; son, Tom; parents, John and Elizabeth; and brother, Lawrence. Continuing his legacy are his children, Judy (Gary) Johnson of Winnebago, Jan Voge of Fargo, N.D., Leon (Jan) Benedict of Lamberton, Mark (Jan) Benedict of Lamberton, Kay (Darvin) Voge of Springfield, Michael Benedict of Wasilla, Alaska, Jon Benedict of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Jeff Benedict of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Guzik; sisters-in-law, Hester Benedict and Kathy Henning; and brother-in-law, Jim Myers.
Memorials preferred to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Lamberton or The Maples assisted living in Springfield.
Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.