Kenneth Joseph Mangan, Rochester

Published 10:45 am Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kenneth Joseph Mangan of Sunrise Cottages, Rochester, Minn., passed away of natural causes on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Kenneth Mangan

Kenneth Mangan

Kenneth was born Dec. 5, 1929, to Clement and Lulu Mangan in Fillmore Township, Preston, Minn. He attended Preston High School and graduated in 1947. Kenneth married Rita Ricker on June 30, 1951, and they were together for 44 years until her passing in May 1995. Kenneth married Laferne Billings on March 12, 1996.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Lulu Mangan, an infant son Mark and his first wife Rita. Kenneth is survived by his wife Laferne of Rochester; son Dennis (Judy) of Eagan, Minn.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Special thanks to Laferne’s children, grandchildren and family members for their love and support over the years. You helped to make Ken’s life very enjoyable.

Kenneth was an active member of the United States Army Reserve from 1951 until 1959. He was also master meat cutter who honed his skills beginning at the old Red Owl at the Miracle Mile, Parkside AG, Jacks IGA, Hyvee south and Hyvee north. Ken retired from Hyvee north in 1995. Besides being a meat cutter, Ken also was a past insurance agent for the AE Richey, Mutual OF Omaha agency in Rochester.

Kenneth had a love for old tractors, classic cars and enjoyed cross country travels by bus and country music.

A funeral Mass for Kenneth Joseph Mangan will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Church of the Resurrection, with the Rev. Harry Jewison officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Macken Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at