Kenneth Stracek, 74, of Sauk Centre, passed away June 16, 2021.
Memorial services will be held on Sat., July 31, 11:00 a.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls on August 2, at 3:00 p.m.
Kenneth Thomas Stracek was born July 31, 1946, to James and Adeline (Prokes) Stracek in Staples where his family farmed in Moran and Ward townships. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and proudly served in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1972. Ken married Susan Hamilton on August 24, 1978, after knowing each other for just three days.
While living in Browerville, they adopted their daughter, Shanda in 1984. The family moved to Long Prairie in 1999. After Shanda graduated they moved to Melrose, then settled at Riverside Manor in Sauk Centre.
Ken enjoyed many hobbies including word search puzzles, painting, making wood crafts and collecting baseball cards. He enjoyed oldies music, Western and action films and camping at the lake. In Browerville he spent time outside caring for his front yard, garden and flower beds. Ken was happiest when doing things for others and loved doting on his family. He was also a dog lover and adored spending time with his “grand puppies” Milhouse and Agnes.
Ken is survived by his wife, Sue; one daughter, Shanda (Alex) Franzen of Minneapolis; one brother, Gary (Rita) Stracek of Browerville; six nieces and nephews: Sharon Crider, Clarissa, Teresa (Dave) Hoglund, Champlin, Mary (Tom) Schmitz, Wadena, Steve (Lisa) Stracek, Esko, Robert (Nicole) Stracek, Staples and Melissa Birkholtz, Staples.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents; one infant sister, Lois; two uncles, William Prokes and George Prokes and one great-niece, Amanda Crider.
Arrangements with the Iten Funeral Home, itenfuneralhome.com.