Kenneth Kuecker

Kenneth C. ‘Ken’ Kuecker, 79, of Caledonia, Minn., passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center, Spring Grove, Minn.

He was born March 7, 1934, in Caledonia to Charles and Ruth (Pieper) Kuecker. Ken was a graduate of Caledonia High School.  On June 26, 1955, he married Eileen Haag and she preceded him in death on Feb. 29, 1982. On Oct. 2, 1982, Ken married Lilah Neumann in Caledonia. Ken farmed in the Caledonia area for many years until he retired in 2002 and moved into the city of Caledonia.

Survivors include his wife, Lilah, Caledonia; five children, Kevin Kuecker, Caledonia; Curtis (Rebecca) Kuecker, Rochester, Minn.; Cindy (Brian) Steinke, Loretto Minn.; Adam (Heather) Kuecker, Maple Grove, Minn.; and Kelly Kuecker, Winona, Minn.; three grandchildren, Isaac Kuecker (fiancée, Morgan Johnson), Wichita Falls, Texas; Kathryn Kuecker, Rochester; and Hannah Steinke, Loretto, Minn.; two sisters, Alice (Harold) Kruse and Marilyn (Duane) Thomford, both of Caledonia; one brother, John (Kathy) Kuecker, La Crosse; one sister-in-law, Gloria Kuecker, La Crosse; one aunt, Violet Pieper, Caledonia; and many nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Stanley Betz; and one brother, Stanley Kuecker.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 650 N. Kingston St., Caledonia. Rev. Jon Wolff will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia, and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Online condolences may be sent at