AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Kenneth Belkholm, of Mora, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Cambridge Medical Center. He was 90 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick.
Kenneth Joseph Belkholm, of Mora, passed away on Monday January 28, 2019, at Cambridge Medical Center in Cambridge, MN. He was 90 years old.
Ken was born in Braham, Minnesota on December 27, 1928 to Joseph and Anna (Billstrom) Belkholm. He grew up on the family farm near Coin. He attended Immanuel Lutheran church in Brunswick, MN where Ken was confirmed at the age of 16. He attended Mora High and graduated in 1947. After graduation Ken moved to the Twin Cities and enrolled in the Dunwoody woodworking program. After completion of the program Ken came home and started working at Blaw Knox in Mora and also started K.B. Welding at the home farm. In January of 1951 he entered into active service in the Army. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
Ken met Goodie at a Luther League meeting in Brunswick, MN. They dated and in June of 1954 they were married. In 1954 Goodie and Ken enrolled at Augsburg College. Together they attended various churches around Augsburg. Both Ken and Goodie worked while in college. Ken attended Augsburg at first, but then transferred to the University of Minnesota and obtained a teaching degree in Industrial Arts. He was offered an Automotive teaching job at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. His first choice was teaching woodworking but he decided he better take what was available.
In 1959 Goodie and Ken moved from the apartment at Augsburg to their new home in Fridley. There, Ken and Goodie raised 4 children, Paul, Dana, LuAnn and Brian. They were members at Redeemer Lutheran church where Ken served on boards and committees.
During the time in Fridley, Ken was always busy with projects in the garage or crops or equipment at the farm near Mora.
They lived in Fridley until 1992 when Ken retired from teaching. Ken and Goodie moved to the farm where they built a new home, raised pigs and crops and worked at placing foreign exchange students in homes. At that time, they moved their church membership from Redeemer to Immanuel Lutheran of Brunswick. They also took various trips to many different places both within the states as well as overseas. Goodie stayed at the farm with Ken until November of 2016 when she moved into Scandia House. Ken also spent some time at Scandia House doing some rehab after knee surgery. In December he moved to Walker Methodist Levande so that he could be closer to Goodie and more of the family.
Ken enjoyed taking things apart and making them better than original. Over the years he dragged many trucks, cars, tractors and other machinery home to rebuild. He insisted to the very end that the “Tucker” automobile was the best and all the other automobile manufactures were inferior.
His high school yearbook quote says, “He knows, what he knows, when he knows it.” Anyone that knew Ken would say he lived up to that motto.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Goodie; his parents, grandson Matthew Hiestand, brother -in -laws Tom Ellingson, Dave Ellingson and Bud Humphrey.
He is survived by son Paul (Linda); son Dana (Jude); daughter LuAnn (Thad) Hiestand and son Brian (Cindy); 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sister Marilyn Humphrey; brother -in-law Phil Ellingson; sisters-in-law Darlene Ellingson, Val Ellingson and Pat Ellingson; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.