Kenneth George Treinen, 83, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars of complications from kidney disease.
A lifelong resident of Plymouth County, Ken and his twin sister, Kathleen were born Oct. 8, 1920, on a farm near Alton to Peter and Lucy (Greff) Treinen. Ken married Wilma Marbach in 1943 and the couple settled in Le Mars where Ken worked for the Vallet Cleaners for many years. In 1963 the family, which had grown to include six children, relocated to Remsen where Ken owned and operated Ken's Hiway Tap until the mid 1970s. After 50 years of marriage, Wilma died in 1994 and Ken returned to Le Mars living first at Sunrise Villa and then at Plymouth Manor.
Throughout his life Ken was an avid fisherman and card player who especially enjoyed fishing excursions to the Missouri River where he and his sons, son-in-law, and brother, Pete, camped out in a legendary old bus by the river.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Jr. and Susan of Minneapolis, Minn., Daniel and Jan of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kerry and Renee of Fond du Lac, Wis., daughter and son-in-law Jean and George Montgomery of Fort Dodge, and daughter-in-law Marilyn Treinen of Remsen; grandchildren Nicholas Montgomery of Fort Dodge and Lauren, Lindsey, Alexandra, and Grant Treinen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sisters Vivian Bortscheller and Allene Fidler, both of Le Mars, sisters-in-law Josephine Treinen and Florence Treinen, also of Le Mars, numerous nieces and nephews including Mary Lamoureux of Ruble, who provided special care and support during Ken's illnesses.
In addition to his wife, Ken was preceded in death by his parents, sons Frederick and Clark; brothers Clarence, Raymond, and Peter; and sisters Lillian Bortscheller, Kathleen Junker and Lois Bushee.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Andrew Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in Le Mars Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Visitation will resume on Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time.