Kenneth G. Korsmo, 87, of Raymond, died Saturday, June 26th at Clara City Care Center. His funeral service will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, July 24th at Raymond United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to his service. Burial with military honors will be at East Norway Lake Lutheran Cemetery in rural New London. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org
Kenneth Gorden Korsmo was born to Christian and Lena (Swenson) Korsmo on November 8, 1933 in rural New London. He was baptized and later confirmed at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church. Ken attended country school before graduating from New London High School in 1952. After high school, Ken worked at the New London Creamery where he delivered milk. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1955 and he served until January 1957. He served in Korea for one year. While Ken was on leave, he married Ione Johnson in May of 1955. After his honorable discharge they moved to Storm Lake, Iowa where Ken took a job at the Water Treatment Facility. Ken soon moved his family to New London where he worked at Holm Brothers, after which he took over the Korsmo family farm. He was a dairy farmer at heart. He later worked on bridge construction for many years.
On June 24, 1994, Ken was united in marriage to Elaine Hanson and they moved to Raymond where they made their home. Ken was very passionate about being a Veteran. He was active in the New London American Legion Post #537 for many years, where he served as a Post Commander and in numerous other roles, and he was the Minnesota District 7 Commander for 2 consecutive years. He was also involved with the 40&8. Ken enjoyed traveling to Legion events with Elaine, who is also a Veteran. He enjoyed playing buck euchre with good friends on Wednesday nights, traveling to Florida during the winter to spoil some grandkids, going out for breakfast, and driving everywhere to look at crops and socialize with family and his many friends. He enjoyed deer hunting with family and with his close friends, the Combs family, well into his 80s. In his earlier years Ken enjoyed working on the farm with his dad, playing baseball, playing pranks, and swimming across Lake Florida.
Ken is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; daughters: Tammy (David) Garberich of Lake Lillian, Debbie (Kim) Baker of Spicer, and Jodi (Steven) Miller of Estero, FL; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; step-daughters: Theresa (Reed) Sprung, Leslie (Danny) Geist, and Lisa (Stuart) Wakefield; 12 step grandchildren; 18 step-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, James Netland, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son: David Korsmo; and siblings: LuAnn Knott, Conrad Korsmo, Florence Netland and Helen Geer.
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