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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

KENNETH A. FOKKEN

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Kenneth “Ken” Fokken, of St. Cloud, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the VA Health Care System in St. Cloud. He was 79 years old.

A Celebration of life will be held at a future date.

INURNMENT will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at little falls.

Kenneth “Ken” Allen Fokken, of St. Cloud, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the VA Health Care Center in St Cloud. He was 79 years old.

Ken was born July 21, 1941 in Braham Minnesota to Allen and Cleone (Heim) Fokken. He attended school in Ogilvie; graduating in 1959. After graduation, he moved to St Cloud where he attended St Cloud State University and worked at Fingerhut. After college he moved to McGregor where he obtained a job at McGregor State Bank. He was drafted in 1964. After basic training he was assigned to the First Infantry Division in Ft Riley Kansas. He was sent to Viet Nam July 1965. After discharge in 1966, he moved back to Ogilvie.

After various jobs, he was married to Sherrie Henderson. They started a family in Rochester. They had a hobby farm and he worked for Plywood Minnesota. He was selected to manage a store in Iowa. He moved to Waverly, IA and raised 2 children. He worked for John Deere until health issues forced his retirement. He moved back to Minnesota; living in Princeton until health problems necessitated his move to the residential center at the V.A. Medical Center in St Cloud.

He spent most of his life farming. He loved the outdoors, horses, mules and dogs. He loved God, his family and his nurses at the VA. He was in the loving care of the St Cloud V.A. when he passed away peacefully with family at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew Steven Sohlstrom (Trinette); and the mother of his children Sherrie (Henderson) Janke

Ken is survived by his children Lynn (Fokken) Engnell and Anthony “Tony” Fokken; grandson Calvin Engnell; siblings, Judy (Larry) Sholstrom, Del (Maxine) Fokken, and Dean (Pam) Fokken; many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

9 thoughts on “KENNETH A. FOKKEN”

  1. Del, Dean and family. So sad to hear about your brother. I can’t imagine how hard that is. Wes and Sharon

  2. I’m so sorry to hear Ken passed away. During the 60’s he was such a part of the Thunderbirds rock band and we had great times traveling around Minnesota playing at many “gigs”. He was always a faithful friend and he will be missed. Elly Rittenour.

  3. I have fond memories of Ken. Especially as I grew older and we enjoyed “guy talk” at family/friends gatherings.

    A sly sense of humor he had 😊

    My condolences.

  4. What a tragic loss. My deepest condolences to his survivors.

    I first met Ken years ago at the St. Cloud VA where we were members of the Monday night Vietnam PTSD group. We became friends. Always the gentleman after Ken became a resident at the SCVA he would faithfully attend stake frys hosted by North Star Lodge #23, AF&AM. He’d wear a tie and have that awesome smile and kind words for all of us who worked the stake frys.

    Rest in peace my friend. Your snakes are gone.

  5. So sorry to hear of Kens passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!
    Mike and Cheryl Peterson

  6. Fokken Family,
    I struggle to accept he has completed his mission with us here. I am a better person having had Ken as a friend. A gentleman in every way, a smile that will brighten the darkest day, arms outstretched for a hug a mile away, trusted partner to dance the night away.
    His smiles were special. The sparkle in his eyes spoke the genuine love he had for others. His faith was strong. I never ever tired of his tales he seemed to love sharing. He was able to rebuild a beautiful, genuine loving connection with his only son in the final 4 years of his life. This was a priceless gift for both of them.
    As incredibly thankful as I am to have had the loving friendship with Ken for the years I was given, I selfishly regret and am frustrated I was cut short of time with him due to Covid. We made the best of what we could with “window” visits, phone calls and letters, but, losing him without a good-bye, makes his passing hard to believe.
    Your family is in my prayers daily, If there is ANYTHING I can do for you, I am at the ready.
    God Bless you all,
    Liz

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