Kenneth Thomas Stracek was born July 31, 1946, to James and Adeline (Prokes) Stracek in Staples, Minnesota, where his family farmed in Moran and Ward townships. Ken enlisted in the Army in 1967 and served proudly in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1972. Ken married Susan Hamilton on August 24, 1978, after knowing each other for just 3 days.
Ken and Sue lived in Browerville when they adopted their daughter Shanda in 1984. The family moved to Long Prairie in 1999. After Shanda graduated Ken & Sue moved to Melrose and eventually settled at Riverside Manor in Sauk Centre.
Ken enjoyed many hobbies including search a word puzzles, painting, making wood crafts and collecting baseball cards. He enjoyed oldies music and western & action films and camping at the lake. In Browerville he spent time outside caring for his front yard, garden, and flower beds. Ken was happiest when doing things for others and loved doting on his family. Ken was also a dog lover and adored spending time with his “grand puppies” Milhouse & Agnes.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister Lois; uncles William Prokes and George Prokes; and great niece Amanda Crider.
Ken is survived by his wife Sue; daughter Shanda (Alex) Franzen of Minneapolis; brother Gary (Rita) Stracek of Browerville; six nieces & nephews: Sharon Crider, Clarissa, Teresa (Dave) Hoglund, Champlin, Mary (Tom) Schmitz, Wadena, Steve (Lisa) Stracek, Esko, Robert (Nicole) Stracek, Staples, Melissa Birkholtz, Staples.
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