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Kenneth Lohstreter

Kenneth Lohstreter

Kenneth M. Lohstreter, 96, of Mandan, passed away Dec. 31, 2018, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 7 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Kenny was born Jan. 23, 1922, to Charles and Amelia (Ripple) Lohstreter. He attended St. Joseph’s Grade School and graduated from Mandan High School in 1940. He attended North Dakota State Agricultural College until the outbreak of World War II, at which time he returned to help run the dairy farm. In 1946, Kenny and his brother, Lloyd, purchased the family farm and continued in the dairy business until 1975.

Kenny married the love of his life, Leona Bullinger, of Mandan, in 1949, and raised four children: Marilyn, Diane, Craig and Bryan.

Kenny was very proud to be a charter member of Christ the King Church. He became involved with the Knights of Columbus when he served as deputy chief squire during his senior year of high school. Kenny served on the Columbian board for six years, two of them as president, and also served as chairman of the remodeling committee for the club’s renovation. Kenny was elected grand knight in 1978. He was awarded the knight of the month in 1965, 1978 and 1979 for his dedicated involvement with the Knights of Columbus. At the time of his death, he’d been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 75 years.

Kenny was one of the original organizers of the Mandan Rural Fire Department, and served as its chairman for one year and then served on its board of directors.

Kenny was a pioneer irrigator in Morton County and along with other interested people, helped organize the Missouri Slope Irrigators Development Association. He served as chairman and served on its board of directors. Kenny received the East Morton County Soil Conservation District Award in 1961, the KBOM Daily Service Award in 1965 and the North Dakota State University and Cooperative Extension Service Certificate of Achievement in 1972. Kenny was a life member of the Elks and also a member of the Moose and Eagles Clubs. Kenny’s commitment to service in the Knights of Columbus, his church and his community has been an example to all who knew him, and especially to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kenny loved sports, especially football. He played football for Mandan High School and helped Mandan win its first state football championship in 1939. He played football for North Dakota State Agricultural College and was a loyal Bison fan. Kenny enjoyed the game of pinochle and could be found playing pinochle with his many friends at the Eagles.

Kenny greatly loved his devoted wife, Leona, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was very proud of each and every one of them and liked nothing better than spending time with them. He left us with many wonderful memories, which we all treasure.

Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Leona; two daughters, Marilyn (Jim) Keller, Mandan, Diane (Bill) Bruley, Bismarck; two sons, Craig (Sandra), Mandan, and Bryan (Diana), Rock Springs, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Amelia; one brother, Lloyd; two sisters, Arlene Launer and Phyllis Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook and view tribute photos.

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