Kenneth R. Howk

New Ulm – Kenneth R. Howk, 67, of New Ulm died Friday, February 22, 2013, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest Section. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery. Visitation will be 4 8 p.m. Tuesday and will continue from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for the family go to

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Lupy, of New Ulm; his father, Roy Howk, of Glencoe; daughters, Rose (Allen) Lendt of Litchfield, Kayla Howk-Erwin (Pat) of Rochester, Cynthia Howk of New Ulm; sons Michael (Sheila) Howk and Andrew (Nikina) Howk all of New Ulm; grandchildren, Alex, Cody, Michaela, Sean, Gavin, Noah, Maddox, and Tessa; sisters Sharon (Dennis) Christensen of Glencoe, Iris (Ron) Hay of Revillo, South Dakota, Karen Smith of Glencoe, Colleen (Wayne) Waugh of Owatonna; brothers, Steve (Linda) Howk of Springfield, Illinois, Keith (Paulene) Howk of Monument, Colorado; and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Kenneth Roy Howk, the son of Roy and Rose Alice (Messner) Howk, was born July 23, 1945 in New Ulm. He attended school in Glencoe and graduated from Glencoe High School in 1963. After graduation Ken enlisted in the U. S. Army serving from 1963 to 1966. He was an X-ray Tech and served in Vietnam. He also served for twenty years in the National Guard out of New Ulm. On April 18, 1969 Kenneth was united in marriage to Lupy Garcia in Glencoe. They moved to New Ulm in 1970 and Ken became employed at Kraft Foods working there until his retirement in 2003. After retirement Ken drove bus for many years for New Ulm Bus Lines. He had a special bond with the New Ulm Girls Hockey team and was their team dad and bus driver to all of their events for over nine years.

Kenneth was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a member of the Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post #132, the Albert Nagel VFW Post 1648, the DAV Chapter 15, the Legion Riders of New Ulm, the Patriot Guard, a member of the Family Readiness through the New Ulm National Guard and a past member of the Isaak Walton League. Ken loved to bowl, play softball where he played on the Kraft Softball team for many years, riding his Harley to go on motorcycle trips with family and friends, camping with his family, and enjoyed most all other outside activities. A favorite past time of his was watching his grandchildren in all of their activities. Ken will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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