Kenneth Verschaetse

Feb. 25, 1933-Feb. 24, 2013

MARSHALL – Mass of Christian Burial for Kenneth Verschaetse, 79, of Marshall, formerly of Ghent, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Eloi Catholic Cemetery in Ghent. Military rites provided by U.S. American Legion Post 564 of Ghent.

Ken died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.

Kenneth George Verschaetse was born Feb. 25, 1933, to George and Lena (Versluys) Verschaetse in Moline, Ill. As a child, Ken moved with his family to Ghent and later graduated from Marshall High School. Ken was united in marriage to Shirley Boerboom on Aug. 20, 1951. This union was blessed with five children. Ken served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, the couple moved to Ghent where they raised their family. Ken worked as an agribusiness sales consultant, most recently with Cenex Harvest States. He loved to hunt and fish with friends and his children. He enjoyed many fishing trips to Lake of the Woods. Sharing time with family was important to Ken. He loved nothing better than making pancake breakfasts and fish fries with the family at the lake cabin on Lake Le Homme Dieu in Alexandria. Ken adored his grandchildren and loved attending their many activities.

Survivors include his four sons: Terry (and Cindy) of Marshall, Bill (and Judy) of Alexandria, Tim (and Ruth) of Faribault, Randy (and Lisa) of New Ulm; daughter Mary (and Dan) Van Hauwaert of Marshall; 10 grandchildren: Bailey, Madi, Nathan, Paul, Joe and Sam Verschaetse, Alissa (and Chris) Salvato, Kristin (and Lance) Andries, Ethan and Kaylee Van Hauwaert; and two great grandsons: Alex and Ben Salvato.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, father, George, mother, Lena and brother, Eugene.