Kenneth Steichen

Mitchell

Ken Steichen 51    Kenneth Steichen, 89, of Mitchell, formally of Spencer, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
The funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.  Burial was in St. Wilfrid Catholic Cemetery in Woonsocket.  Visitation was Friday from 5-7 p.m., with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Kenneth Charles Steichen was born Aug. 6, 1926, to John P. and Mary (Ewert) Steichen in Blaine Township, Jerauld County.
He attended the Steichen Country School for eight years and graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1944.  On Aug. 19, 1948, he married Joanne (Joey) Bratsberg in Woonsocket. He farmed with his father until 1954. They moved to their farm near Spencer, where they farmed for 57 years and raised five children.
In 2011, Kenneth and Joanne moved to Mitchell and became members of Holy Family Catholic Church.  Kenneth’s love and devotion of family has been instilled in the hearts of his children and grandchildren to be passed on to future generations.  He enjoyed dancing, traveling and his Black Angus cattle.
He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Farmer, where he was also on the church council.  He served on the Edgerton Township Board, Hanson County Zoning Board and was a member of the Moose Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Cancer Society.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Joanne; two sons, Jim (Jan) of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Dennis (Shelly) Steichen, of Raleigh, N.C.; three daughters, Kathy (Neil) Cauley of Excelsior, Minn., Polly (Rod) Huber of Fulton and Pam Olinger of Emery; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Rene Steichen of Fort Collins, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elmer and Dale; one sister, Lucille Goudy; two grandchildren and one son-in-law, Michael Olinger.

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