Kenneth Rucktaeschel, age 87 of Morris, Minnesota, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020.

Visitation for Ken Rucktaeschel will be held Friday, June 5, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral in Morris, MN.

Funeral services for Ken will be a private service.

There will be a live stream of Ken’s service starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020. To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website  scroll to the bottom of Ken’s page and click the link.

Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris, MN.

To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required bystate and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on Pedersen Funeral Home website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute that will be available. Check the funeral home website for the latest COVID-19 update.

Kenneth Harold Rucktaeschel, son of Clarence and Evelyn (Pickett) Rucktaeschel, was born September 29, 1932, in Seaforth, MN. Ken grew up in the Wabasso, MN, area helping his dad on the farm. On March 5, 1953, Kenny enlisted in the United States Army National Guard, where he served in the Korean War. Following his discharge on January 22, 1955, he returned home. In 1956, he was united in marriage to Diane Werner. The couple resided in Chokio, MN, for a while, before moving to Morris, MN, where they raised their four children. Ken worked at the Morris Coop and later began working for the Minnesota State Highway Department. Ken retired in 1993 and has continued to live in Morris since that time.

Ken was an active member of the Morris Eagles, serving as chaplain. He was also a member of the Morris American Legion, V.F.W. and AmVets. Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, playing bingo and just being very humorous. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Ken is survived by his daughters: his daughters: Marlene (Tom) Rucktaeschel Boggs of Mesa AZ/Inver Grove Heights, MN, and Darlys (Jim) Gibbs of Inver Grove Heights, MN; one son: Kevin Rucktaeschel of Fulda, MN; four grandchildren: Travis (Donna) Holmes of Killeen, TX, Tim Holmes of Eagan, MN, Jesse (Kari) Rucktaeschel of Fulda, MN, and Chelsey Boggs of Chicago, IL; three great-grandchildren: Nathaniel and Isabella Holmes and Bennett Rucktaeschel; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son: Ronald Rucktaeschel; his parents; two brothers: Duane and Gary Rucktaeschel; two sisters: Geraldine Kruise and Bernadine Stanek and special friend: Elna Hill.

Please consider leaving a personalized photo/message for the family through our Heartstrings Program, which is located on our home page. Pedersen Funeral Home will display your photo/message for the family to have a tangible presence at their services through this difficult time.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN, is in charge of arrangements.


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