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Another of our Greatest Generation passes.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by larry_minn, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. larry_minn

    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Dec 16, 1999
    Ken was born February 8, 1919,

    ..... He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA, for one year and during his second year was drafted into WWII, where she served over four years with duty in the Pacific Theater in the Army Air Force, until the end of the war. While in the Military, some of the awards Ken earned were Sharpshooter in Rifle, Machine Gun, and Pistol.

    Prior to his service in WWII, Ken met his future wife, Elsie .. After he was drafted, they made a commitment to wait for each other. While on a furlough, they were married November 1944,

    After WWII, Ken and Elsie moved to the cities where he attended the Academy of Accountancy. Ken worked as an accountant in several manufacturing companies throughout his career.

    Ken enjoyed fishing and traveling and made several trips to his ancestral home of Norway. He spoke very fluent Norwegian and confirmed in Norwegian.

    He was known for his quick wit, always smiling, very easy to talk to and could always find something pleasant to say about someone.

    Ken will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

    Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Elsie; two children, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother.

    I met Ken many yrs (ok decades) ago. It was rare he would talke about his service. Some I recall was in Japan after surrender, and India. (where they made coffee from steam water from old trains. (the water was not safe to drink) He also talked about guarding piles of winter clothing. He had to guard it from locals who were freezing.
  2. Road Dog

    Road Dog Senior Member Millennium Member

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    Jul 29, 1999
    Ringgold, GA