Kenneth N. Watts, 70, of Cherokee passed away Saturday, July 4, 2009 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 8th, at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Ethan D. Sayler officiating. There will be flag presentation and taps at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com .
Kenneth was born June 6, 1939 at Early, to Elbert and Esther (Strom) Watts. He graduated from Alta High School in 1957 ,and attended business school in Fort Dodge. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1961 until 1963., and was married to Susan Mangold. Ken was later married to Jacqueline Sessions, on April 10, 1964, and later married Sharon Stevenson Stief on August 19, 1972 in Cherokee.
Kenneth worked as a loan officer for the Citizens First National Bank in Storm Lake for a few years and then for Central Trust & Savings Bank in Cherokee for many year. He also worked for Schoon Construction Co. for several years, and was working there part-time at the time of his death. He was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed deer hunting, golf, bowling, gardening, reading and word puzzles, and was an Iowa Hawkeye fan and a great fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Russell Watts. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; two daughters: Kendra Watts and her special friend Ywaine Spiner of Sachse, Texas and Tara Watts of Madison, Wisc.; a step-daughter, Loni Stief and her special friend Lyle Sargent of Washta; a sister-in-law, Florine Vick and her husband Richard of Maynardville, Tennessee; a brother-in-law Dave Stevenson and his wife Cindy of Marcus, a sister-in-law Joelle Daigle and her husband Terry of Lake Charles, Louisiana; a sister-in-law Lori Reinert and her special friend Ben Jobe of Cherokee; two nephews, Jeff Watts of Haslet, Texas and Randy Watts of Arlington, Texas; two aunts, Jean Strom and Bonnie Watts, both of Alta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.