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Kenneth Garske, 77

Kenneth J. Garske, age 77, of Menomonie, died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 16, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Ken was born July 28, 1936, at home in Farmington, Wisconsin. He was the son of Clemence and Rose (Niedermire) Garske, but grew up in New Richmond. Ken attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1956. Ken worked at several jobs after high school before being drafted into the U.S. Army in May of 1959, and served until 1963. Ken married Suzanne Salmon July 25, 1959. After marriage, Ken worked for 3M in St. Paul, for several years before moving to the Ridgeland area, to live his dream as a farmer for 26 years. Besides farming, Ken enjoyed being out in the nature of his farm where he instilled the love of nature, land and animals to his children. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and tinkering in his shop. After farming, Ken returned to work for 3M, in Menomonie, where he retired in 1999.

During his retirement years, he discovered his talent for woodworking, and his craftsmanship which can be seen at several area businesses and St. Josephs Catholic Church.

Ken is survived by his wife, Sue of 54 years; five children, Mona (Scott) Miller of Elkhorn, Lawrence of Jackson, Dolly (Robert) Lee of Wheeler, Heidi (David) Kile and Heather (Justin) Sorenson both of Menomonie; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; eight sisters, Regina Quist of Osceola, Eva Rice of St. Paul, Donna Bauer of North St. Paul, Frances (Ordell) Asmus of Wilmar, Minn., Helen (Peter) Riley of Joplin, Mo., Ann (Lloyd) Scobey of Hudson, Rosemary(David) Carlson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Christine (Charles) Krueger of Hatley; a brother, Raymond (Joan) Garske of New Richmond; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Kenneth Garske; a sister Marion Germain; and a brother Ambrose Garske.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.

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