Kenneth Ose, 98 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center.

The service to celebrate Kenneth’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 05, 2020 at Johnson Funeral service in Thief River Falls with Loiell Dyrud officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793 and United States Air Force Honor Guard.

Kenneth Knute Ose was born May 14, 1922 on the family farm east of Grygla, MN in Beltrami County the son of Tallak and Turi (Austad) Ose. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith. When Kenneth was 5 years old, his family moved to Excel Township in Marshall County, north of Thief River Falls. He was confirmed at the Satersdal Lutheran Church near the family farm. Kenneth attended country schools and graduated from the A.C. in Crookston, MN in 1940.

Following school, Kenneth worked for farmers in different areas before going to work for his uncles, Ose Construction Company. This job took Kenneth to Alaska where they worked on the Alcan Highway. In November of 1942, Kenneth enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained as an airplane electrician. During his service, he was stationed in several places throughout the United States including Utah where he worked on the projects that led to the Enola Gay. Kenneth was Honorably Discharged in February of 1946 and he returned to Thief River Falls.

In November of 1946, he met his future wife, Margaret Anderson and the couple married August 21, 1947. They made their home in Thief River Falls where they raised three children, Kendell, Gregory and Teri. Kenneth continued in road construction as a heavy equipment operator with various construction companies until 1960. He then went to work for Charlie’s Tire Service in Thief River Falls which became I.T.S., as a front end alignment specialist, until his retirement in 1984.

Kenneth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, curling, playing pinochle and drinking coffee with the guys. He also enjoyed traveling with Margaret after retirement and did some volunteer work at the Heritage Center.

Survivors include his loving wife of almost 73 years, Margaret of Thief River Falls; children, Kendell (Karen) Ose of Baudette, MN, Greg Ose and Teri Petersen of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Cindy (Al) Rissanen, Lorrie (fiancé Jason Fimrite) Butler, Keri (Ron) Plemmons, Bill Petersen, Keven (Nikki) Ose, Krystine (Chris) Berens; great-grandchildren, Kendal, Nora, Kaelynn, Nolan, Tia, DeShon, Kiara, Ein, April, Brendon, Emily, Ethan; and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; infant great-granddaughter, Elyce; sisters, Inga (James) Johnson, Melvina (Gene) Sanford, Anna Ose, Constance “Gladys” (Bill) Meadows and Angeline “Luyda” Ose.

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