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Kenneth ‘Bud’ Groninga, 86

Kenneth D. “Bud” Groninga, age 86, of Watertown, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012.

Memorial services will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with an hour of gathering in the church before the services. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Ken was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Osceola, IA, to Joest and Trena (Rust) Groninga.

He served in the Army during the Korean War, being honorably discharged Dec. 23, 1955.

Ken was united in marriage to Helen E. Utne March 27, 1954, in Madison.

He was a longtime carpenter throughout Minnesota.

Ken loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joest and Trena Groninga; sisters Stena Frey, Trena Heikes, Lena Polzine, Minnie Johnson, and Florence Peters; and brothers Everett Groninga, Louis Groninga, Joe Groninga, Herbert Groninga, Ben Groninga and Albert Groninga.

Ken is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen; children Valerie Lawrence, Tom (Clare) Groninga, and Lori (Mike) Searcy; grandchildren Addison Lawrence, Connor Lawrence, Katie (Kevin) Massey, Elizabeth Groninga, Sarah (Rob) Latham, Emily (Dylan) Giesen, Kristen Searcy, Michael Searcy, and Branden Searcy; great-grandchildren Kyle, Jay Lynn, Samantha, Genevieve, and Katherine; and a brother, John Groninga.