In Memory of

Kenneth L. Widen

November 23, 1954 - May 18, 2019
From: Harcourt , IA

Harcourt – Kenneth L. Widen 64, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge.  Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Dayton, with Pastor Kay Christie officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Church until service time.  Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.

     Kenneth is survived by his brother Carroll (Twila) Widen of Harcourt; nephews, Jeffrey (Martha) Widen of Nevada, and Michael DeVan of Ames; great nephews, Noah Widen, and Jared, Brady, and Isaiah DeVan; great-great-niece Emerson DeVan; and great-great-nephew Carter DeVan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Grace (Nelson) Widen; and niece Tamara DeVan.

     Kenneth L. Widen was born November 23, 1954 at Fort Dodge and graduated from Central Webster High School, with the Class of 1973.  Kenneth worked at the Fort Dodge Messenger.  He graduated from Broadcasting Program at Iowa Central Community College.  Kenneth was employed at KTLB Radio Twin Lakes and also KVFD Fort Dodge for several years.  He then worked for Engquist Lumber Company in Harcourt for many years.  In 2016, he became a resident of Pearl Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing at Gowrie.  Kenneth served on the Harcourt City Council, Southwest Webster Ambulance Board, and loved NASCAR Racing.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Memorial Services
2:00 p.m. - Thursday
May 30, 2019
United Methodist Church
Dayton, Iowa
Pastor Kay Christie
1:00 p.m. - Thursday
May 30, 2019
United Methodist Church
Dayton, Iowa


Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 4:06 PM
“I went to school with Kenny but I really got to know him when I worked with him at KVFD radio. I enjoyed working with him. Rest in peace Kenny...”
- Tami Scott

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:10 AM
“So sorry for the loss of our friend Kenny. He came to the bank where I worked, almost daily. He was fun to talk to. I'll miss him. My condolences to Carroll and Twila and the rest of his family.
- Joanne Nemechek Ekstrom

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:33 PM
“I already miss Ken..our music trivia was something special we both enjoyed, and made us laugh. Prayers to Carroll and Twila.”
- Angie Mendez

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:18 PM
“Prayers and sympathies to all from Don and Kristine Howe.”
- Kristine Howe

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:18 PM
“Prayers for comfort at this time from Donald and Kristine Howe”
- Kristine Howe

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:13 PM
“Ken was a true professional at the craft of Radio Broadcasting and was one of the most unselfish people I've ever known. He was always willing to assist or teach us "younger folks" in the business, and had a very quick wit which could catch you off guard...followed by his light chuckle and fun smirk. He will be missed. Rest well, old friend.”
- Jay "Jay Bird" Haack

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:47 AM
“I worked with Ken for several years at KVFD Radio here in Fort Dodge. He was always friendly and helpful to everyone he met. I am vary saddened to learn of his passing, because the world could use more people like Ken. ”
- Ed Zimmerle

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