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Kenneth "Ken" Ballhagen

July 20, 2021

Obituary

 

 
Retired 49er Kenneth F. Ballhagen, age 67, of Zimmerman, MN, passed away on July 20, 2021 at the St Cloud V.A. hospice.

 

Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Graceville, MN.

Ken was raised in Clinton, MN. He raised a family in Graceville, MN, and eventually moved to Zimmerman, MN. He was a scraper operator and started his career with Menge Construction. He also worked for his good friend, Kenny, at Skoog Oil. Ken joined the Local 49ers Union and worked at Erin Contracting, Imperial Development, S.M. Hentges, Soil-Con, and R.L. Larson.

Ken started dating Barb Eisenschenk in 1995, and they were married 2001. Ken and Barb moved to Zimmerman in 2002. Health problems forced him to retire in 2009. Ken always loved to ride motorcycles, so he finally bought a Harley; He was able to take some amazing bike trips.

Ken is survived by his wife Barb (Eisenschenk) Ballhagen of Zimmerman, MN; first wife Deb (Menge) Ballhagen of Graceville, MN; children: Becky (Dale) Strey and their children: Kevin and Matthew of Wilmar, MN; Ken (Jenny) Ballhagen and their children:  Jaden, Keaton, Axl, and Kooper of Harvey, ND ; Steph (John) Kleindl and their children: John, Jace, and Josie, of Chokio, MN; brother Gary (Pam) Ballhagen of Maple Plain, MN; sister Karen (Roland) Ebnet of Clinton, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan; mother, Hulda; brother Dale, and nephew, Andy.

 

 



 

 

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