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IN MEMORY OF Kenneth Lloyd Onken

August 14, 2013

Kenneth Lloyd Onken 
Kenneth Lloyd Onken
Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Doug Minton officiating. 
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Ken Onken was born on November 24, 1926 in Slayton, Minnesota to Herman and Irene Staples Onken. He grew up in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School in 1943. He then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ken enlisted in the United States Air Force on January 28, 1944 and served in the Philippines.  Following his honorable discharge on December 17, 1946 he returned to Slayton for a short time. On July 18, 1948 he and Betty Johnson were married at the Slayton Presbyterian Church. Following their marriage they made their home in St. Cloud, Minnesota where Ken worked at Guarranty State Bank. In 1953 they moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota where Ken was Vice President of the Union State Bank.  In 1975 they returned to Slayton where Ken was the first President of Peoples State Bank in Slayton. Ken retired in 1992 but remained on the Board of Directors until 2006. He and Betty enjoyed spending time during the winter months in Gulf Shore, Alabama.  Ken passed away on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 86. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton where he served as Elder, Treasurer, Stewardship Chairman and Trinity Pre-School Treasurer. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club and was named outstanding “Young Man of the Year” all in Thief River Falls. Ken was active in the Slayton Kiwanis Club and served as treasurer and secretary. Ken was a member of the Lake Wilson American Legion Post, the Slayton VFW Post and the Slayton Country Club. He also was a member of the Murray County Fair Board. In 1996 Ken received the Minnesota Bankers Award for 50 years in banking, and that same year received the Erlandson Community Award. Ken enjoyed spending time with family, golfing, bowling, gardening, coin collecting, family genealogy and volunteering. 

Survivors include his wife Betty of 65 years and his five children and their spouses: Steve and Shirley Onken, Fargo, ND, Laurie Marks, Glenwood, MN, Bradley Onken, Morgantown, WV, Julie and Brad Billison, Albuquerque, NM and David and Deb Onken, Hadley, MN; 10 grandchildren: Matt and Jen Onken, Ashley and Ryan Harris, John and Maren Marks, Chris and Deena Marks, Scott Onken, Stephanie Markey, Katlin and James Verlautz, Rebecca Billison, Danielle Onken and Joshua Onken; three great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one brother Les ”Birdie” Onken, Chicago, IL and five step siblings: Ruth Onken, Carlyle, IL, John and Dolores Onken, Elgin, IL, Mark and Lynn Onken, Paupa New Guinea, Lois and Jeff Pigg, Shattuck, IL and Luke Onken, San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepparents Edison and Bernice Onken; one brother Gerald Onken and one sister Doris Green.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Doug Minton officiating. The organist was Kathy Schwartz. The pallbearers were his grandchildren. Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN. Military honors accorded by the Lake Wilson American Legion Post and the Slayton VFW Post. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Pre-School in Slayton or Our House Hospice Home in Slayton, MN.

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