Kenneth Robert Konschuh
I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character. I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth. I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.
-excerpt from The Farmers Creed
The family of Ken Konschuh is deeply saddened to announce his passing on Wednesday March 10th, 2021 at the age of 84 years. Ken passed peacefully at the Brooks Health Centre surrounded by members of his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vivian (Arkinstall) Konschuh, and 7 children: George (Colleen), Russell (Michele), Ida (Eric), Tracy (Terry), Patsy, David (Rachelle), and Shannon (Harvey); 13 grandchildren: Christopher (Krista), Yvonne (Jason), Amy (Dwane), Jennifer (Tyrone), Erika (Cody), Jesse (Daralee), Amanda, Kennedi, Ian, Luke, Jovie, Maxim and Alexandre; and 13 great-grandchildren. Ken was born in Bassano, Alberta to parents Jacob and Ida. Ken grew up in a family of 14 children on a farm in the Cluny, Alberta area. Ken farmed with his brothers Lloyd and Allen until 1975 when the partnership was dissolved. In 1980, Ken and Vivian moved to Valleyview, Alberta where they farmed for 25 years or so. They then moved to a smaller farm near Millicent, Alberta and farmed for a few more years before retiring in Brooks, Alberta. Ken was pre-deceased by brothers Ray, Milton, Jamie and Lloyd and by sisters Florence, Clara, Irene, and Doris. He is survived by his brother Allen and by sisters Audrey, Virginia, Sharon and Joan. Ken was a hard-working, kind and gentle man who often came across as gruff with loved ones. He especially loved children and animals and he loved to joke and tease. His farm equipment was always meticulously maintained but, unfortunately, every fastener was always tightened as much as humanly possible. We all got very tired of fixing stripped bolts! Later in life Ken enjoyed woodworking and was often called on to help with repairs and projects for friends and family. With respect for Ken’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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