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John Kenneth Farmen
(Died January 25, 2010)

U.S. Veteran     John Kenneth Farmen, 83, Veblen, SD, died Monday, January 25, 2010, at the Rosholt Care Center, Rosholt, SD.     Funeral services were Saturday, January 30, at 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Veblen with Rev. Harold Watrous officiating. Music was provided by organist Colleen Halverson and vocalist Tim Farmen.     Burial was in the Sisseton Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. Military honors were provided by the Eddie Robertson American Legion Post 76 of Veblen. Pallbearers were David Farmen, Sara Perkerewicz, Michael Perkerewicz, Matthew Farmen, Amalia Farmen, and Jacob Farmen.    Visitation was Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.     John Kenneth Farmen was born March 29, 1926, in Minneapolis, MN, to John J. and Millie (Johnson) Farmen. After attending country school through the eighth grade, he helped his father farm in Enterprise Township, Roberts County. On February 24, 1945, Kenny enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Belleau Wood aircraft carrier during World War II. He was honorably discharged July 10, 1946.     On October 15, 1948, Kenny married Alpha Kleven in Aberdeen, SD. After his marriage, he owned and operated Veblen Motors. In 1959, he became the Postmaster in Veblen. During this time, he also owned and operated Ken’s Radio and TV. Kenny also was a member of the Veblen Volunteer Fire Department for many years, and served as Fire Chief.     After retirement from the Post Office in 1990, Kenny stayed busy keeping up with his grandchildren and by helping other people, whether it was fixing someone’s furnace, repairing a broken appliance or lawnmower, or helping unload groceries at Grobe’s Grocery Store in Veblen. There wasn’t much he couldn’t fix. Alpha passed away in 2004. In 2006, he moved to the Countryside Inn in Rosholt and later moved to the Rosholt Care Center.     Kenny was a member of the Eddie Robertson American Legion Post 76 of Veblen.     Survivors include two sons, Clayton (Janet) Farmen of Wahpeton, ND, and Dale (Julee) Farmen of Katy, TX; grandchildren and great grandchildren, David (Jamie) Farmen and daughter Katelyn of Fargo, ND, Sara (Mike) Perkerewicz and their son Parker of Statesboro, GA, Matthew Farmen of Katy, TX, Amalia Farmen of Houston, TX and Jacob Farmen of Katy; and a brother, Lyle (Carol) Farmen of Sisseton.     He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Alpha May 22, 2004.