Funeral services were held Saturday, March 31st, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with Rev. Magrey de Vega officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Aurelia. Boothby Funeral Home of Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements, and on line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Ken was born July 16, 1947 at Cherokee to Wayne and Anne (Bradfield) Stellish. He graduated from Aurelia High School in 1965. He graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a Bachelors Degree in History and Political Science. He went to graduate school at Texas A & M. He was married to Janet Sundberg and they had a daughter Sadie. He was later married to Jeanne Dilocker and had a son Tony. Ken had farmed for a number of years south of Aurelia and then moved to Colorado and built houses with his brother Les in Boulder, Colorado.
He returned to Aurelia to pursue his lifelong passion, farming; and had done so ever since. He was very proud of his farming operation, and later coached his son and son-in-law in the tricks of the trade. Beyond that, he enjoyed bird watching, planting trees, and anything outdoors. He loved spending time with his friends he had known for years. He was very happy with the time he spent overseas and traveled throughout the world. Ken had many projects, but his primary hobby in the winter was assembling his 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T, which he was able to see completed. He had a 'work hard, get things done' philosophy and accomplished so much with that mindset. He had a larger -than- life personality; was easy going, fun-loving, and had a great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Anne Stellish, and his wife Jeanne, on December 29, 2001.
He is survived by his children: Sadie Stellish Gehlsen and her husband Dan of Aurelia,;and Tony Stellish of Aurelia; a step-son Jeff; his siblings; Dennis Stellish of China; Leslie Stellish of Westminister, Colorado; Nancy McIlvennan and her husband Phil of Arvada, Colorado; father-in-law & mother-in-law Kenneth and Marge Sundberg of Cherokee; and several nieces and nephews.