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Kenneth Weber obituary

Kenneth (Ken) Weber, 93, passed away at Elysian Senior Homes of Lake City, Minn. on June 15, 2023 under the care of Mayo Hospice with family and beloved cat Oscar by his side.
Ken was born February 17, 1930 in Long Prairie, Minn. to Nickolas and Helena (Brever) Weber. His family moved to Lake City, Minn. in 1942 when Ken was 12. He graduated from McCahill Institute in 1948 and worked in his family-owned Lakewood Dairy and Dairy Bar. In September 1950 Ken enlisted with the U.S. Navy. Ken married Lois Gravenish on July 8, 1961 in Austin, Minn. She preceded him in death on June 8, 2017.
During his time in the Navy Ken was stationed at Great Lakes Navy Training Center for two years, restationed to Charleston, N.C. to help recommission the USS Gwin, and later assigned to be a shopkeeper on the USS Ellyson. Upon being honorably discharged in 1954, Ken became a purchasing agent for Gillett & Eaton (later Gould and Federal Mogul) retiring after over 39 years in 1994.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching sports (especially the Minnesota Vikings), watching wildlife and birds, camping, and family get togethers. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his cat after Lois passed. Ken was a member of the Lake City Lions Club and spent many years volunteering as a driver for Meals on Wheels and working the Waterski Days Car Show. He was also a lifetime member of the Lake City VFW Post #8729.
Ken is survived by his children Kevin Weber (Lexine) of Lodi, Wis., Joan Steffenhagen (Mark) of Evansville, Ind., and Diane Nelson (Scott) of Abbotsford, Wis.; grandchildren Amanda, Nicholas, and Elizabeth Weber, Jacob Steffenhagen, Sara (Gavin) Wolf, and Craig Nelson; great-granddaughter Emma Wolf; and his four-legged fur ball Oscar. He is further survived by his sister Lorraine Heitmann of Lake City, Minn. and a niece, nephew, and cousins. In addition to his wife Lois, Ken was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Kenneth Heitmann, and other family members.
Ken donated his body to Mayo Clinic Department of Anatomy. A celebration of Ken’s life will take place on Sunday, July 23, 2023 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Lake City VFW club. Burial will take place at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery-Preston at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Hiawatha Animal Humane Society, St. Mary Church of the Lake, Mayo Hospice, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Ken’s family would like to thank the staff of the Elysian Sr. Assisted Living-Lake City, Mayo Clinic Health System-Lake City, and Mayo Hospice for their compassionate care of Ken.

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