Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee. Pastor Tom Lewis & Dan Salter will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. There will be military rites at the graveside performed by Alta V.F.W. Post # 6172. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the church. Visitation will be held today from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be Masonic services tonight at 7 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Kenneth was born on April 21, 1928 to James & Florence (Barnard) Patten at Alta. He attended school in Maple Valley through the 8th grade and then graduated from Alta High School in 1945. He was united in marriage on May 21, 1949 to Darlene Vannatta in Cherokee. Kenneth was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in South Korea during the Korean War from 1951-1953 being honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. He worked on the family farm, R.E.A. out of Storm Lake as a highline contractor and then for Iowa Public Service, which is now Mid America Energy, for 42 years, retiring as a foreman on June 1, 1990. He was a resident of Country Side Estates for the last 14 months. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee where he served as an Elder, Deacon and taught many Sunday school classes, V.F.W. in Alta, 50 year member and past master of Speculative Masonic Lodge #307 A.F & A.M. in Cherokee and the Order of Eastern Star in Alta. He enjoyed roller skating, hunting, fishing, and travel trips with Darlene on the motorcycle. He had an all encompassing love for everything involving his family, especially his children's and grandchildren's performances and events.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tom Patten and a sister and brother at birth.
Kenneth is survived by his loving wife Darlene of Cherokee, Iowa; two children: Margaret Schultz and her husband; Dennis of Wisner, Neb.; Mark Patten of Sioux Rapids; three grandchildren: Eric Schultz (Amy Beckman) of Seward, Neb.; Megan Schultz (Billy Prescott) of Spencer; Dirk Schultz (Kim Rentschler) of Neligh, Neb.; several great-grandchildren; siblings: Neil (Pat) Patten of Alta; Ruth (Clinton) Hoferman of Alta; Doug (Virginia) Patten of Omaha, Neb.; many in-laws, cousins, nieces & nephews and friends.