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Kenneth Schlachter - April 13, 2010


Kenneth Lee Schlachter, 84, of Holyoke was born April 4, 1926 in Glenvil, Neb. to Herman and Hilda (Dudden) Schlachter. He died April 13, 2010 in Holyoke.

Glenvil was his home until 1942 when he moved with his family to farm on Highway 6 east of Holyoke. He attended and graduated from Phillips County High School in Holyoke. In 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Infantry-Military Police during World War II with tours in France and Germany and guarded German prisoners of war in Northeastern Colorado.

Kenneth and LaRue Heermann were married March 3, 1947 and farmed northeast of Holyoke, and in 1979 moved in to Holyoke. He was a wheat farmer all his life and also worked part-time at Reimer Grain Elevator, the ASC office, measuring land and grain storage, Great Western Sugar, road construction on Highway 6, the local hog farm and did home building and remodeling.

Some of his hobbies included gardening and golf. He loved farming and working with his hands. He also enjoyed country western music and visiting with friends over coffee.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served in many officer positions. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Herman and Hilda Schlachter; brother, Delmer Schlachter; sisters, Eleanor Smidt and Roberta Davis; and great-granddaughter, Marie Schlachter.

Surviving him are his wife LaRue; children, Steven Schlachter of Holyoke, Perry Schlachter and wife Lois of Monument, Peggy Pepmiller and husband Richard of Estes Park and Norman Schlachter and wife Lisa of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Preston Schlachter, Shannon West, Stacey Price, Lucas Schlachter, Kimberly Pepmiller, Jilson Schlachter and Jerica Schlachter; and seven great-grandchildren.

Kenneth’s funeral service was held April 17 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Interment was at Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Lutheran Hour or Zion Lutheran Church.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.