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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Kenneth “Dutch” L. Herken

  • Kenneth L. “Dutch” Herken, 80, of Easton, Kansas passed away March 10, 2013 at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
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  • Kenneth L. “Dutch” Herken, 80, of Easton, Kansas passed away March 10, 2013 at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Belden Larkin Funeral Home with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Easton, KS.  Father Matthew Francis and Father George Bertels will officiate.
    Dutch was born the fourth child to James T. and Agnes (Schmidt) Herken on January 10, 1933 at St. John's Hospital, Leavenworth, KS.  He married Vernetta A. Davis on September 28, 1957 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
    Dutch was a life-long resident of Easton, KS where he attended school and graduated from Easton High School in 1951. Following school he enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 4, 1952 serving his country during the Korean Conflict as a Radio Operator.  He was honorably discharged January 11, 1956.
    Dutch was owner and operator of Herken Plumbing and Heating, Easton, KS for many years.  He later worked for the United Stated Postal Services for 28 years as a rural route carrier until his retirement in December of 2012.
    Dutch was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Lions Club.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  His love for his family and his sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
    He is survived by six children, Jeffery T. (Marsha) Herken, Kirk S. (Tammy) Herken , Christopher V. (Pam) Herken, all of Leavenworth and Anne J. (Harry) Felzke, Michelle M. (Darrell) Seever and Kenny L. Herken, all of Easton; as well as 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  His living siblings include Mary Gwartney and James T. Herken, Jr., both of Easton and Richard F. Herken of LaFarge, Wisconsin.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Vernetta and his siblings, Thomas Herken, Joseph Herken, Helen Rowland and Bernadette Chmidling.
    Memorials may be left in his memory to St. Lawrence Catholic Church of Easton. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Belden Larkin Funeral Home of Leavenworth. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.beldenlarkin.com.
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