Dr. Kenneth L. Fettkether
Dr. Kenneth L. Fettkether, age 91, of Marengo, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Highland Ridge Care Center, Williamsburg. Per Kenneth’s wishes, his body was donated to the University of Iowa for research. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Freedom Rock Pavilion, at Gateway Park in Marengo, Iowa, with Phil Buschmann officiating. Military honors will conducted by the Marine Corps Honor Guard and the Marengo American Legion Post #76. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the memorial service. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth Lawrence Fettkether was born on March 2, 1930, in Cedar County, Iowa, to Louis and Izel Wolfe Fettkether. As a young child, the family moved to Dubuque County. Kenneth grew up the son of a butter maker and learned the trade throughout his years as a student in Dubuque County country school and graduated with the class of 1946 from St. Clements High School in Bankston, Iowa. Shortly after graduation, he became a butter maker in West Liberty.
In 1951, Kenneth was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in San Diego and at the Itamia Air Force Base in Osaka, Japan. He served as an airplane hydraulic mechanic. In November 1953, soon after his discharge, he married Lois Ann Burns on November 21, 1953, who was waiting for his return. The couple immediately moved to Black Hawk County and began farming in rural Fairbank. The fall of 1955, he enrolled in the pre-vet program at Iowa State University in Ames and was accepted into the Veterinary school in the summer of 1957. Soon after graduation in 1961 from ISU, the family located to Marengo. After practicing veterinary medicine for about 25 years, Doc opened a furniture shop and built fine furniture from the local hard woods. His furniture can be found in many states and a few foreign countries. During this time, he attended auctioneers school and operated the Colonel Doctor Auction in Marengo. Doc retired in 2009 when he sold his furniture shop.
Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lois; their six children, Rebecca (Phillip) Fulks, of Odessa, Missouri, Jeanette (Charles) Dorn, of Cour de Alene, Idaho, Lawrence (Christine) Fettkether, of Williamsburg, Joseph (Charlna Stanley) Fettkether, of St. Louis, Missouri, Ramona Bauerly, of The Colony, Texas and Marty (Russell) Salfi, of Sister Bay, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Mary Alice Fettkether, of Dyersville. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Izel Fettkether; two brothers, Howard and Donald, both of Dyersville; a great-granddaughter Kennedi Sherwood; a son-in-law William Bauerly; and a sister-in-law Bonnie Fettkether.
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