Kenneth Joseph Kaczmarek, age 62, of Silver Lake, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at his residence.
He was born May 15, 1947, in Hutchinson, the son of Chester and Luella Fasching Kaczmarek.
Ken graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1965.
He honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1966-1969.
Kenneth was joined in holy marriage to Colleen Y. Marshall Sept. 18, 1971, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with four children.
Ken engaged in dairy farming on his family’s homestead north of Silver Lake for many years. He also was a Wensman Seed dealer.
A faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Ken served on various church boards. He belonged to American Legion Post 141.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Colleen Y. Kaczmarek; children Mike (Lyn) Kaczmarek of Albany, Jill Kaczmarek of Burnsville, Julie Kaczmarek of Hopkins, and Molly Kaczmarek of Oakdale; three grandchildren, Brock, Brayden and Brooklyn Kaczmarek; his mother, Luella Kaczmarek of Silver Lake; five brothers and a sister, David (Judy) Kaczmarek of Hayfield, Ronnie (Karen) Kaczmarek of Silver Lake, Tom (Robin) Kaczmarek of Long Prairie, Connie (Harvey) Mikolichek, Frank (Lori) Kaczmarek and Joe (Dori) Kaczmarek, all of Silver Lake; mother-in-law Imelda Marshall of Winsted; sister-in-law Mary (Joe) Fleischhacker of Mound; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Kaczmarek; and his father-in-law, Donald Marshall.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 9 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father Brian Oestreich and Father Mark Mallak were the concelebrants. Interment was at Holy Family Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Honorary casket bearers were Lisa Bushberger and Kelli Bruhn.
Casket bearers were Joe “Fred” Fleischhacker, Eric Fleischhacker, Michael Fleischhacker, Brian Mikolichek, Jason Kaczmarek, and Chad Kaczmarek.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is served the family.