Aug. 28, 1929-May 17, 2020
SARTELL — Services for Kenneth “Ken” Lafrentz, 90, of Sartell, formerly of rural Echo, will be at a later date at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township.
Ken died Sunday, May 17, 2020, under the care of Chateau Waters Hospice at St. Benedict’s Therapy Suites in Sartell.
Kenneth George “Ken” Lafrentz was born Aug. 28, 1929, on the family farm in Posen Township to George and Flora (Markgraf) Lafrentz. Ken was baptized on Sept. 22, 1929, and confirmed on April 18, 1949, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Ken attended school through the eighth grade at St. Luke’s Parochial School, then attended Wood Lake High School through tenth grade. Ken worked on the farm after high school. In 1947, Ken was united in marriage to Mavis Zimmer until her death in 1950. On July 10, 1954, Ken was united in marriage to Bernadine “Bernie” Bolter at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. The couple raised their children on the family farm. While a farmer at heart, Ken also sold dairy equipment and ran Ken’s Trucking with the Wood Lake Shipping Association. He also was the Wood Lake Shipping Association manager. Ken and Bernie moved to St. Cloud in 2000 after their retirement. In his free time, Ken could be found fishing, bowling, and playing cards. He also enjoyed visiting with neighbors and family. Ken served on the Posen Township board and DHIA board, as well as on the church council for various churches.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Bernie of Sartell; children Bonnie (Keith) Schmidt of Winsted, Terry (Steve) Lewis of Greenfield, Patricia Lafrentz of Austin, Texas, Susan (Saleh) Shamekh of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Joel (Traci) Lafrentz of St. Cloud; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Mavis, brother Milo, sisters Lorna Braun and Verla Wiegers, and brother-in-law Burton Bolter.