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Kenneth F. Guggemos

Kenneth F. Guggemos, age 83 of Buffalo, died Saturday, March 19, 2005 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 3, 1921 in Winsted, the son of Charles and Ruth (Roufs) Guggemos.

Ken graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Winsted in 1939, and was educated at the University of Minnesota.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army.

Kenneth was joined in holy marriage to Doris Paumen Vieau Aug. 16, 1969 at Christ The King Retreat Center in Buffalo by Father Cecil Roufs (Ken’s uncle). With his marriage to Doris, Ken welcomed three stepsons ages 17, 15, and 11. Their marriage was later blessed with the birth of a daughter in 1972.

Ken was formerly employed at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in California. He later worked many years as an engineer and designer at Sterner Lighting Company in Winsted. Ken held numerous patents on lighting designs.

A faithful member of the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, Ken was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Holy Trinity Court 1054.

He belonged to the Buffalo Lions Club, where he was the gaming manager for 14 years, and was a Melvin Jones recipient. He was also a member of American Legion Post 270.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Doris Guggemos; children: Doug (Jamie) Vieau of Buffalo, Dave (Stephanie) Vieau of Chanhassen, Joe (Jan) Vieau of Maple Grove, and Amy (Mark) Strommen of Buffalo; eight grandchildren: Andrew Vieau, Katie and Taylor Vieau, Jake, Jenna, and Jill Vieau; and Sophia and Emily Strommen; brothers: Art (Donna) Guggemos, Harold (Tess) Guggemos, and Don (Helen) Guggemos, all of Winsted; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth; and by an infant son.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo. Father Tom Rayar and Father Al Svobodny were the concelebrants. Interment with military rites followed at St. Timothy Cemetery in Maple Lake.

Friends called Tuesday, March 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A prayer service took place at 7:45 p.m.

Casket bearers were grandsons Andrew Vieau and Jacob Vieau, and nephews Gary, Gregg, Joel, and William Guggemos.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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