Kenneth Kinneman

Funeral Service

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Tuesday, February 13th
English Lutheran Church
229 West Main Street
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Visitation the night prior

5:00PM - 7:00PM
Monday, February 12th
English Lutheran Church
229 West Main Street
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Visitation day of funeral

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Tuesday, February 13th
English Lutheran Church
229 West Main Street
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Kenneth Kinneman, age 83 of Hager City, died Wednesday, February 7th in the care of The Deerfield in New Richmond. Kenneth ‘Ken’ was born on July 25, 1940 in Red Wing, Minnesota, the son of Walter and Ellen (Dahl) Kinneman. Ken grew up on the family farmstead on County Road OO in Trimbelle Township. He attended Spring Grove Elementary School prior to graduating from Prescott High School in 1958. He met the love of his life riding the school bus to and from high school. On November 19, 1960, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Huppert at Ezekiel Lutheran Church of River Falls. This union would further be blessed with children Butch, Karen, and Kristen.

Ken worked several jobs following graduation including Ellsworth Creamery, Red Wing Shoe, and 3M in St. Paul before taking a position with North Star Steel in Newport. He worked for thirty-three years for North Star Steel before retiring as the Mill superintendent in July of 2000. 

Ken’s loves in life were his family, the farm, and his faith. 

In his dedicated life, he found great joy in nurturing and raising his children within a loving environment. He took immense pride in their accomplishments, offering gentle guidance and unwavering support throughout their journeys. Welcoming the laughter and stories of his grandchildren, his face would light up with a warm smile, eager to hear about the new and exciting chapters unfolding in their lives.

On the farm, he built his home and the barns to support his hobby, raising beef and allowing them to roam on the hillsides and be sheltered in the barn when they chose.  Tending to the Angus cattle and cultivating the fields was more than just labor; it was a therapeutic endeavor that brought him a profound sense of satisfaction. A devoted advocate for Oliver Tractors, he also held a steadfast loyalty to his Mercury vehicles.

His favorite leisure activity was fishing, a passion that brought him countless cherished memories. Whether casting for northern pike or patiently waiting by a hole in the ice, he found solace and joy in the beautiful waters of Wapogasset and Balsam Lake. His love for fishing reflected not just a hobby, but a profound connection to the tranquility of nature and the memories created in its embrace.

Ken will be remembered as a kind, generous, and gentle man who made friends easy. He will remain in the hearts of his wife Phyllis; children Butch (Wanda) Kinneman, Karen (Paul) Solyntjes, Krissy (Brent Peterson) Kinneman; grandchildren Luke (Bailey) Solyntjes, Brady (Brittany) Kinneman, Chace (Ellie) Kinneman, Nate (Camille) Solyntjes, Dane (Allison) Solyntjes, Matt Solyntjes, Jonathan (Bri Hollern) Cain, Allyson Cain; great grandchildren Finley, Norrah, Gibson, Hayden, Griffin, Willow, Joey, and Madeline.  He is further survived by his siblings Earl (Donna), Gerald, and Dale (Linda). His parents and brother Wayne precede him in death.  

We entrusted Deerfield Memory Care for Dad’s final months. Deerfield’s loving & capable Carers were joined by Optage-Hospice in January. Our heartfelt thanks and praise to each team member!

Funeral service for Kenneth Kinneman will be 11AM, Tuesday, February 13th at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. Click here to watch on the church’s Facebook page. Visitation will be Monday, February 12th from 5pm to 7pm also at English Lutheran Church as well as one hour prior to the service at church Tuesday morning. Burial will be in the Diamond Bluff Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the discretion of the family. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth.


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  1. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man he was. We had lots of laughs in at Balsam Lake. Hugs and Prayers to Phyllis and the rest of the family!

  2. I knew Ken from our short time together at North Star Steel. Ken was a top notch steel maker that passed his knowledge and skills of the trade on to so many of his peers and co-workers. Most importantly, Ken’s kind leadership approach typically stood as the voice of reason in the group, and when things were going crazy at the mill as was often the case, Ken would calm things down quickly and get everyone on track, and in a way that kept everyone on their toes and in the best of spirits. He will be missed by us all. RIP Kenny.

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