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Obituaries for surnames beginning with the letter "K"
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KASPER, Lola Mildred
KASPER, Stanley Frank
KENDING, Ethel May
KENOWSKI, Theodore Roland

KESLER, George

KILLOREN, Frederick G.
KNISS, (son of John)
KOCH, Algot
KOEPPE, John Herman Albert

KUNZ, Carl F.

KASPER, Lola Mildred

Lola Kasper, 83 Of Spooner, Dies

Lola Mildred Kasper, age 83, a resident of Spooner, passed away at the Spooner Nursing Home on Saturday, March 3, 1979. She was born on November 9, 1896 in Estherville, Ia. and has lived in Spooner most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, in 1965. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star Hyacinth Chapter 128.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fritz (Doris) Bruner of Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lee Bruner of Ryderwood, Wash., and Bob of Alberta, B. C., Canada; four sisters, Helen King of Spooner, Irene Lerback of Spooner, Belle Lindberg of Sorrento, B. C., and Jenny Lindberg of Sorrento, B. C.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Veryl Schubert officiated. Burial will be in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 08 Mar 1979, page 8


KASPER, Stanley Frank

Stanley Frank Kasper was born at Gilead, Nebraska, Dec. 23, 1889, and when six years of age his family moved to Sarona, where he grew to manhood.

In 1910 he came to Spooner and entered the employment of the Omaha Railroad, where he was continuously employed until his retirement in 1955.

He was a veteran of World War I.

In 1920 he was united in marriage to Lola Bruner in Spooner and to this union one daughter was born.

He had been in failing health for the past four months and passed away on Wednesday, June 9 (1965), at the Spooner Memorial Hospital at the age of 75 years.

His parents and one sister preceded him in death.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, Spooner Lodge No. 260 F. & A. M., Spooner Chapter No. 85 RAM, V.F.W. and Brotherhood of Locomotive Enginemen and Firemen.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Wilfred Bruner (Doris) of Norfolk, Va., two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Wenzel Johnecheck, Sarona, Mrs. William Frank, St. Paul, Minn.; three brothers, Frank Kasper, Shell Lake, Edward Kasper and Charles Kasper, both of Sarona.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Virgil Holmes officiated, with burial in Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Spooner.

Military rites were accorded at graveside under auspices of the local V.F.W. Post.

Casket bearers were Harry Young, Ellis Nelson, Milton Skinner, R. M. Johnston, Adolph Hess and George Plahn.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 17 Jun 1965, page 7



Otto Kellner, 77, Stone Lake, Dies

Otto Kellner, 77, a resident of the Stone Lake area for 46 years, died Thursday, February 2, in Hayward.  He was born July 28, 1900 in Bavaria.  He came to the United States in 1923, residing at Naperville, Ill.

He was married June 24, 1930 to Kathryn Young at Naperville.  In 1932 the family came to their rural Hayward home to reside.  He operated his farm until his retirement in 1966.  He was a member of St. Phillip's Catholic Church, Stone Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn of Stone Lake; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Phillips of Orfordville, and Mrs. Josephine Kurczek of Neshkora; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, 10 a.m., from the St. Phillip's Catholic Church, Stone Lake, Rev. Father Kurt Buranich officiating.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Stone Lake.  Recitation of the rosary was Friday evening at the Koerpel Funeral Chapel, Hayward.  Serving as casketbearers were Vincent Boylan, Bernard Boylan, Steve Cheney, Louis Henk, Henry Henk Jr. and John Szczesc.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 09 Feb 1978, page 8


KENDING,  Ethel May (nee DEMEREST)


Ethel May Kending, a resident of Spooner, passed away at the Spooner Memorial Hospital on Sunday at the age of 84 years.

She was born in Anoka, Minn., on March 27, 1888 to the late Daniel and Elizabeth Demerest.  Mrs. Kending had been a resident of the Lampson area for the past 45 years, then moving to Spooner in 1966.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Grace Circle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and one daughter.  She is survived by three daughters, Grace Swanson of Trego, Marcia Pratt of Minneapolis, Esther Snell of Frederic; three sons, Robert of Trego, John of Minong, and Paul of Superior; also 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Rev. Al Eliason officated.  Burial was in the Lampson Cemetery.  Casket bearers were grandsons.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 15 Mar 1973, page 6


KENOWSKI, Theodore Roland


Theodore Roland Kenowski, age 47, a resident of Havre, Montana, and formerly of the Spooner area, passed away Sunday, October 18, 1981, at Havre.  He was born May 2, 1934 in Spooner and was raised here.  He married Nancy O'Donnell on October 17, 1953, at Hertel.  They lived in St. Paul where he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad.  They moved to Montana in December of 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two sons, Paul and Mark, both of Havre; one daughter, Teresa Green of Houston, Texas; his mother, Beatrice Cronkhite of Webster; his father, Henry Kenowski of Port Richey, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Albert (Susan) DuBois and Mrs. Richard (Phyllis) Smith, both of St. Paul, Minn.; one brother, H. Dean Kenowski, Spooner.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 23, at Scalzo Funeral Home.  Rev. Amos Shimko will officate, with burial in the Greendale Cemetery, Rusk Township.

Visitation is Thursday after 4 p.m. and until the hour of services Friday at the Scalzo Funeral Chapel, Spooner.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 22 Oct 1981, page 6


KESLER, George


George Kesler, one of  Washburn county's old-time residents, passed away Sunday, September 18, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. Davis, in this city, with whom he had made his home during the past three weeks, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 5 days.

Deceased was born at Rochester, Ind., leaving there with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mikel Kesler, in the fall of  of 1865, at the age of nine years and moving to Menomonie.  Six months later this parents took up a homestead at Boyceville where the deceased grew to young manhood.

In June, 1882, he was united in marriage to Dora Tuttle at Knapp and they located on a farm near Boyceville, his wife passing away there fourteen years later, on May 2, 1896.  He continued to make his home there until the spring of 1898, when he came to Washburn county and took a homestead in the town of Casey, where he resided until the fall of 1923, when he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. John Zehm, in the town of Chicog.  He also spent some time with his daughter, Mrs. Ed Fye, at Drummond;, coming to Spooner three weeks ago to make his home with Mrs. Davis.

He is survived by one son, Bert Kesler of British Columbia, Canada; three daughters, Mrs. R. Davis, Spooner, Mrs. John Zehm, town of Chicog, and Mrs. Ed Fy, Drummond; thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, Henry Kesler, town of Scott, besides several nieces and nephews.  Besides his wife, one daughter Elizabeth, and three sons, George, Benny , and William, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 21, at 2:00 p.m. from Robert's mortuary, Rev. Wm. Penn of the M. E. church officiating, and interment was made in Spooner cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 22 Sep 1938, page 5


KILLOREN, Frederick G.

Frederick G. Killoren, age 24, was killed accidentally at his home in Superior last Saturday while cleaning his rifle.  Deceased, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Killoren, was born in Spooner Nov. 6, 1904, and during the past fifteen years resided with his parents in Superior.  Friends here of the family extend sympathy to the bereaved ones.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 18 Apr 1929, page 1




Shell Lake - At the Homeapathic Hospital in Minneaplis, 15th inst., after an extended illness, John Kinnie.  His remains were brought here Wednesday night.  Funeral services held Thursday from the Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Deceased was about 70 years old, was one of the earliest pioneers of the town, was always respected and esteemed, and lived on the grand principle "Do as you'd be done by."  He was at various times elected to the office of justice of the peace here though he usually failed to qualify, and at last election, by earnest request of many friends, consented to have his name used as candidate for county clerk on the democratic ticket, and though the republican party is largely predominant here, came very near being elected.  He was also an applicant for the post-office here and probably, had he lived, would have got the position as he was, though not a partisan in politics, very highly revered by all.  The S. L. L. Co.s big mill shut down and all business places similarily paid tribute to the old man.  The cortege accompanying his remains to the final resting place was the largest seen for years here.  To the bereaved friends we tender our condolence.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 12 Aug 1893


KNISS, (son of John)

Dr. Cox of Hayward was called in to attend the eight year old son of John Kniss, who was taken sick some time ago and was being taken care of by his father.  Dr. cox could not help him as he was too late.  The little one had brain trouble of some kind, and passed away.  It was buried in the Veazie cemetery last Wednesday.  The Register sympathizes with the bereaved parents, who did all they could to save their little one.

Quite a number of our citizens attended the funeral of John Kniss' little boy.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 05 Mar 1898, page 1


KOCH, Algot

Algot Koch, age 46 years, a former resident in this city, died of a heart disease in Minneapolis on May 21. Deceased came to the United States from Sweden 26 years ago and located in Minneapolis.  He was married to Henrietta Wisman and they later moved to Santa Monica, Calif.

Three months ago he returned to the twin cities area, where he suffered a heart attack and died on Wednesday.

He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Henrietta Koch, and one daughter Donna of Santa Monica, Calif.  The remains were shipped to this city and services were held on Sunday at 2:00 o'clock from the Roberts Mortuary, Rev. Wm. Penn officiating.  Interment was at the Spooner cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 08 Jun 1939, page 7


KOEPPE, John Herman Albert


John H. A. Koeppe, aged 55 years, 3 months and 28 days, passed away at his home at Sarona on Monday, March 11, 1929, after an illness of ten months.

John Herman Albert Koeppe was born at Reedsburg; this state, on Nov. 13, 1873, in which community he spent most of his life.  He was married to Lydia Krueger at that place on May 2, 1904, and to this union seven children were born, who with the widow survive his death.

Deceased moved to West Sarona about eleven years ago, where the family has resided since.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, March 18, from the M. E. church at Sarona, Rev. Summers of Chippewa Falls officiating, and interment took place in the Sarona cemetery.

Besides his widow, the following children survive:  Mrs. Ruth Coquellette, of Spooner, and Gilbert, Marvin, Dorothy, Alice, Lucille and John, all at home.  Deceased also leaves two grandchildren and three brothers, the latter being, Paul, of La Crosse; William and Julius of Reedsburg.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 21 Mar 1929, page 11




Word has been received of the death at Madison of Albert Koppenhaver, 67, who passed away on October 21, after a brief illness.

He was a avid sportsman and conservationist, and was a conservation warden for the state from 1936 until 1974 when he retired.  He was the post captain of the guns for the state and national field trials, a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, the fisherman's club, the east side businessman's club, the Dane County Conservation League, the Madison Retrievers Club, the Amateur Field Trial Club, American Trial Club, and Ducks Unlimited.

Survivors include his wife; four sons; a sister, and two grandchildren.

The funeral was held October 24.

Mr. Koppenhaver made his home in Spooner and Gordon and will be remembered by Spooner friends as he was employed for many years at Paul's Tavern, operated by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marotta, before becoming a warden.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 16 Nov 1978, page 8




So declared the jury at the inquisition held July 19th, 1897, upon the dead body of Max M. Kreiner, a citizen of Spooner.

About 11:30 a.m., Mrs. E. Lowe, who lives in the house adjoining that of Mr. Kreiner, saw him come home and enter his house; about 12:30 she heard a pistol shot and at once reported it to Mr. Chas. Cedarberg at the Omaha pumping station (who had also heard the shot) and said she believed Mr. Kreiner had shot himself.  They were joined by section foreman Selvig, who said that Mrs. Kreiner had just told his wife that Mr. Kreiner had killed himself.  Mrs. Kreiner had left him about a week previous to this and was living in the house adjoining Mr. Selvig's.  Mr. K. was to see her but a short time before the deed; after bidding her good bye and kissing the baby he said that that was the last she would ever see of him.  Mr. Selvig at once started to ascertain the facts; he, Cederberg and Mrs. Lowe went to the house, but could not get in as the doors were fastened.  They raised a ladder to the second story window.  Mr. Selvig went up and saw Mr. Kreiner lying on the floor under the window.  One of the gentlemen remained at the house with Mrs. Lowe while the other notified the officers.  A jury was called by Justice Haskins and repaired to the house, where they found Mr. K. lying on the floor, face downward, in a pool of blood.  At the request of Justice Haskins, Drs. Averill and Ainsworth examined the body and found a bullet hole just above and back of the right temple, with no mark of egress, it having lodged within the cranium; the body was not otherwise mutilated.  In contact with his right hand, beneath him, was a 32-calibre Smith & Wesson revolver, in which was an empty cartridge and a whole one, the other chambers being empty.  Near his feet was a small grip with some papers and other personal effects in it, a box partly full of cartridges and an open knife.  District Attorney L. H. Mead was notified by telephone and within an hour was present and conducted the inquest.  The evidence was conclusive, pointing to a suicide, and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.

Mr. Kreiner was 38 years of age, a member in good standing of Triumph Lodge No. 152, I. O. O. F., and also the Spooner Fire Department.  The Odd Fellows took the remains in charge, and with the usual rites of the order buried him on their lot in the cemetery at Shell Lake.

His parents and brothers were notified of the event.  Albert Kreiner, a brother, arrived during the night.  His parents were too feeble to attempt the journey.  Emil Kreiner did not get here in time to see his remains.  Mr. A. Kreiner extends his thanks to the Daughters of Rebekah and the other ladies of Spooner who furnished the floral offerings, and to the Odd Fellows for their kindly offices in caring for his remains.

The probably cause of the act was domestic troubles that had preyed upon his mind until a condition of partial insanity prompted the deed.  He had for the past month been in the employ of Col. D. E. Richardson, and performed his duties up to 11:30 of that day.  He left some property, but as near as can be ascertained, left no written instructions as to its disposal.  He leaves a wife and an infant child, the offspring of their marriage, and other children of Mrs. Kreiner's by a former marriage.

His brethern of the lodge choose to cover his frailties with the clods of earth that covers his mortality and remember only his good deeds and their obligations as children of our common Father, to one upon which the afflictions of the earth life bore heavily.

Requiescat in pace.



Spooner, July 24, 1897

WHEREAS, under circumstances of a peculiar and painful character our brother, Max M. Kreiner, his brain weary of the struggles and weight of the trials surrounding the pathway of his life, became the victim of mental strain that for the time made him irresponsible for his own acts, as became one upon whom rested obligations of vast moment to his family,  friends, his affiliated brethern and himself, and has unbidden entered upon the untried future beyond the portals of earthly life, at about the hour of 12:30 p.m., July 19, 1897; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that as we lay his mortal remains in the silent tomb, we bury with them his frailties and cover with the mantel of charity the weaknesses of mortality that sank him beneath the tide of ever recurring trials, that arise in the pathway of all men amid the darkness, chains, slavery of the world, and the storms of passion and woe that scatter the leaves of hope and blight every bud of promise, believing that beyond the confines of the grave eternal spring time shall revive again each stricken blossom and unfold again each leaf to the parenial sunshine that eminates from the Father God, who ever watches over the acts of men and is not unmindful of the struggles of His children amid the shadows of life.  And
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we tender to his stricken family and friends our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in their grief and bereavement, and ask that the outside world, who might yield to a cold, selfish and unjust criticism; remember, "That ye judge not lest ye be judged, and the judgment ye mete out ye shall be judged with again."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that these resolutions be printed, and a copy be sent to his family and friends.

H. S. Lyon, N. G.
F. G. Scribner, R. S.

I. A. Averill,
F. G. Scribner

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 31 Jul 1897, page 1



Leo Krisch, age 59 years, resident of Chicago, Ill., and Big Mackenzie Lake, passed away at his home in the town of Scott, Burnett county, on Thursday, May 28.

The remains were removed from Dahl Funeral Home to Meiszner Funeral Home in Chicago where services were held on Monday, June 1st.

Burial took place in Irving Park cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 04 Jun 1959




Atty. Andrew F. Kucharski, well known former summer resident of this community and former owner of the Webb Lake Hotel property, died suddenly in Chicago on Thursday, May 17.  He was well known here, having spent many summers at his lakeshore property.  Funeral services were held in Chicago on Monday of this week.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 23 May 1946, page 5


KUNZ, Carl F.

Carl F. Kunz, 68, Long Lake resorter, died suddenly Friday morning at his home there.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Long Lake Lutheran Church, with Rev. Alon Solomon officiating and burial was in the church cemetery.

Military rites were conducted at graveside by Legionnaires.

Mr. Kunz, a veteran of World War I, operated Kunz Resort and Marine service for a number of years.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; three sons, Fritz and Jack of Long Lake and Tom of Augusta and by six grandchildren.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 18 Jan 1968, page 7



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