Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 8, 2010
Kenneth LeRoy Fiedler, 86, of Austin, died at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville Monday afternoon, April 5, 2010.
He was born July 10, 1923 to Henry Theodore and Ruth Mavis (Converse) Fiedler in Howard Lake, Minn. He attended country school near Howard Lake before joining the United States Navy on Dec. 2, 1944. Serving in World War II, Kenneth was a Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class when he was honorably discharged on July 5, 1946 in Florida. He married Barbara Lillian Granum on Sept. 4, 1948 at Evangelical Free Church in St. Louis Park. They made their home in Mapleview where they raised six children while Kenneth worked at Hormel Foods. A volunteer fireman in Mapleview, he built a cabin on German Lake near Waterville. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, flowers and bird watching. After his retirement from the stock food department in 1981, Kenneth and Barbara lived at German Lake in the summer and spent winters in West Palm Beach, Fla. After his wife’s death on Oct. 17, 2006, he spent the summer of 2007 at the cabin and then moved to Burnsville to be close to family. In November, 2009, he moved to Emerald Crest Assisted Living in Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Lillian Fiedler on Oct. 17, 2006; a daughter, Susan “Susie” Johnson and a granddaughter in infancy.
Survivors include four daughters, Cindy (Larry) Braam of Kasota, Kathy Fiedler of Burnsville, Karen Fiedler of Burnsville, Joann Babbitt of Rochester; one son, Mark Fiedler of Faribault; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorraine (Vern) Shamp of Elysian, Nancy (Bill) Wheeler of Grand Rapids.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Dr. Stephen DeFor officiating. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery, Austin with military honors by American Legion Post 91.
Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.