Kenneth Stephens

Kenneth R. Stephens, 91, of Grimes, formerly of Storm Lake, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in Wall Lake Cemetery with full military rites.

Kenneth Ritner Stephens was born Sept. 1, 1926 in Ipswich, S.D., the son of Byron and Ruth (Jenkins) Stephens.

He attended school in Wall Lake, graduating from Wall Lake High School in 1944.

Kenneth enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in August 1944. He proudly served his country as an aircraft mechanic in Italy. He was honorably discharged in February 1947.

Kenneth was united in marriage to Myrtle Geake on July 6, 1950. Together, they were blessed with three children: Gwen, Bill and Craig.

Kenneth began his working life as a farmer. In the late 1950s he moved to Storm Lake and transitioned to a role financing agriculture with Production Credit Association and then later joined Citizens First National Bank. He also was a real estate broker, owning his own agency in Storm Lake.

Kenneth was of the greatest generation, he was proud of his service to his country, and was also a community leader. He was a member of the city council and was mayor of Storm Lake. Kenneth also was Exalted Ruler of Elks Club, Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge and Worthy Patron of Eastern Star. He instilled strong values into his family by demonstrating that hard work is required for financial success, but happiness is based on faith and compassion. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Myrt Stephens of Grimes; children: Gwen (Marshall) Enderlin of Norwalk; Bill (Tana) Stephens of Prosper, Texas; Craig (Debbie) Stephens of Minnetonka, Minn.; grandchildren: Heather (Luke) Tingley of Urbandale; Aaron (Anne) Enderlin of Polk City; Blair Stephens of Prosper, Texas; Amanda Stephens of Ithaca, N.Y.; Leslie Stephens of Minneapolis, Minn.; great-grandchildren: Noah and Evan Tingley; Kai and Bryn Enderlin; sister in-law Eloise Stephens of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; extended family and friends.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Norton, Richard, Miriam and Jeanette.