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Kenneth James Magnuson

Kenneth James Magnuson, 75, Brule, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 3, 1932, in Sturgis, S.D., to Herbert and Signe (Swanson) Magnuson, who then moved to the farm in Brule. Ken l...

Kenneth James Magnuson, 75, Brule, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospice, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 3, 1932, in Sturgis, S.D., to Herbert and Signe (Swanson) Magnuson, who then moved to the farm in Brule. Ken lived on the Brule River from 1954 until the time of his death.

He worked as a grain weigher for the Wisconsin Grain Commission, and then in fire control and law enforcement for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, retiring in 1989. He continued to work as a conservation warden for several years.

He was a member of the Brule Presbyterian Church, serving as treasurer for 31 years and on the Church Session, and Pioneer Parish Council for many years. As a member of the Brule River Lions Club, he was honored to receive the Lions International Melvin Jones Award for his many outstanding years of service. Ken had a great love for his family, church, the outdoors and sports.

Kenneth married Laila (Ronkainen) Magnuson on June 14, 1952, and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. Their one and only child, Susanne Lyn (Magnuson) Jahn, passed away on Aug. 5, 2007. A great comfort to the family is knowing that Ken is now with his beloved daughter, Susie, whom he missed so much.

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In addition to his wife, Laila, Ken is survived by his brother, John "Bud" (Shirlie) Magnuson, Brule; son-in-law, Michael Jahn, Maple; two sisters-in-law, Karen (Jerry) Bridge, Lake Nebagamon and Leona Ronn, Maple; brother-in-law, Richard (Lila) Ronn, Poplar; granddaughter, Melissa (Ryan) Haworth, Hawthorne; grandson, Matthew Jahn, Maple; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Brady, and step-great grandchildren Michael and Emily, all of Hawthorne; and other relatives and friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the Brule Presbyterian Church with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continues at 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. memorial service at the Brule Presbyterian Church. Pastor Deborah Bartelt will officiate.

Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in the spring. Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Brule Presbyterian Church, the American Cancer Society or the Head of the Lakes Organ Transplant Support Group.

The family would like to extend special thanks to St. Mary's Hospice, St. Mary's Medical Center, Dr. Jonathan Sande and Dr. Mark Goellner for their kind, compassionate care and support.

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