Ken Lammers

Kenneth Raymond Lammers, age 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Yankton, South Dakota on Saturday April 3, 2021. He endured a long journey in his fight against cancer, one he faced with courage and dignity over the years.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 AM, on Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Tom Anderson, Reverend Dave Korth and Deacon Bill Carter officiating.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM, on Friday, at the church and a rosary will be prayed at 10:30 AM.  For those in attendance, the family requests that masks please be worn.  The service will also be live streamed on Ken’s obituary at  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Ken was born on May 6, 1953 in Yankton, SD and was raised on a farm in Hartington, NE. He was the fourth of ten children to Donald and Marie (Gubbels) Lammers. He helped out on the family farm and worked many odd jobs, starting at a young age. Ken married Joan Haselhorst on August 20, 1983. His strong work ethic and desire to provide for his family lead to him obtaining his associates degree of electronic engineering from Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA. Over the years, his career lead him and his family to live in Nashville, TN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Fargo, ND. Ken eventually found his “work home” at VA Hospital in Fargo, where he spent 21 years before retiring in the summer of 2019.

His love for farming continued to live on through his perfectly manicured lawn and bountiful vegetable garden. He loved to share his produce with those around him. Ken loved being outdoors, especially around a campfire. He had a great sense of adventure and enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with family and friends. He also loved to play cards and always had a deck of cards or a cribbage board nearby.  Ken’s strong faith was evident through his life and his involvement in the church, especially through choir. His love for family and friends was one of the driving forces of his life and was shown in his generosity of time and talent towards those he loved.

Ken is survived by his wife, Jo Lammers; his children: Kimberly Lammers, Jenell (Pawan) Hari, and Christina Lammers; stepson, Nathan (Amanda) Tentinger; grandson, Alexzander Tentinger, nine siblings: Paula (Neil) Becker, Connie (Gary) Sylliaasen, Steve (Janet) Lammers, Mary Ellen (Bill) Carter, Ron Lammers, Bill (Terri) Lammers, Theresa Lammers, Ed (Michelle) Lammers, and Matt (Kendra) Lammers; mother in-law, Delores Haselhorst; and many nieces and nephews.

 Ken was preceded in death by his parents; and father in-law, Damian Haselhorst.





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26 response to "Ken Lammers"

  1. By: Marcia Pick Bond Posted: April 5, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Praying for the family and extended family. We had so much fun growing up and that will always go down as great memory’s and lots of love and blessings. Again love all of you very much!

  2. By: Cindy and Dave Kuker Posted: April 5, 2021

    Jo, Kim, Jenell, and Christina: Prayers are being sent your way to help you through this time. Cherish all the good times you had, as a family and individually. Take care of each other.
    Cindy and Dave Kuker

  3. By: Todd Simonson Posted: April 5, 2021

    Happy hunting. Thanks for the good times. Todd S.

  4. By: Peggy Simonson Posted: April 5, 2021

    Ken was such a good neighbor. My husband, Todd, was deployed a few times when our kids were little. One time I called Ken later in the evening because I saw a mouse running around the house. He came over with mouse traps and set them all up without hesitation. You’ll have many good memories to share. Hugs to you Jo and girls.

  5. By: Brad Rust Posted: April 5, 2021

    I’m so sorry to hear of Kens passing. MaryJo and I will be thinking of your family at this sad time.
    I got to know Ken pretty well working in the Radiology department. Especially when we had the really old stuff. Seemed like he lived there. Had a lot of good laughs with him and could always give him a good kidding! You always knew when he was coming as you could here his work cart clipping down the hallway. He did always have a good knack though of coming around when we happened to have a potluck in the department. Ken was a good man, kind hearted as they get. Again, so sorry for your loss.

  6. By: Virginia Kraushaar Posted: April 5, 2021

    My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  7. By: Leon Steffen Posted: April 5, 2021

    Ed, and all of Ken’s family and friends you have my sincere sympathy. My God Bless and console all of you.

  8. By: Lori Kay Michels Posted: April 6, 2021

    We are so sad to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a true warrior and wonderful man. Ken will always be a HERO to Team Chip, as will his amazing wife Joan! Together you fought a valiant fight. Our hearts break for you and with you.
    Joan – you and your family, and friends are in our thoughts and prayers! You are forever a part of our Team Chip/Lend A Hand Up FAMILY! With Love and Hugs ~ Lori

  9. By: Renee Schwartz Posted: April 6, 2021

    Jo and girls, Al and I are so very sorry to hear about Ken. Even though we have not seen each other for years, our friendship has lived on. Those days at Philips are treasured ones that no longer exist in today’s world. So very thankful for the times we had with you all and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ken was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Love to you all!! Renee and Al🙏❤🙏❤

  10. By: Eric and Karen Hanson Posted: April 6, 2021

    Jo and family, our sincere sympathy to all of you. Ken was a great guy and we enjoyed getting to know him and all of you through Blessed Sacrament Church. Take comfort in know that Ken is with our Lord, Jesus Christ in heaven. Prayers, hugs and love to all of you.

  11. By: David Engle Posted: April 6, 2021

    Kim & family – My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. David (JD colleague)

  12. By: Mary Lou C Dietsch Posted: April 6, 2021

    Paula and Neil. We are so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. You and all your family will be in our prayers.

    Bob and Mary Lou

  13. By: Karen Korth Posted: April 6, 2021

    What a kind and gentle man Ken was and what a beautiful loving partnership he had with Joan. So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful husband, father and brother. May you be filled with light and love with your memories.

  14. By: Shelley and Stu Eidenschink Posted: April 6, 2021

    Stu and I enjoyed talking with Ken be it in the Reiles Acres neighborhood or at work here at the VA. He always had a good story and a smile to share but I enjoyed his sarcasm most of all (had some deep belly laughs with him)! He will be greatly missed!

  15. By: Tim Bushaw Posted: April 6, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We used to speak in the hallways at the VA frequently. He was a good guy. Sorry for your loss.

  16. By: Dave and Pam Orwig Posted: April 6, 2021

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Ken always was a pleasure to see him at family events.

  17. By: Gary and Patricia Buschelman Suing Posted: April 6, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He not only was a great guy, but a great classmate and great neighbor. He will definitely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken’s family along with all of his brothers and sisters.

  18. By: Luvern Gubbels Posted: April 6, 2021

    I got to know Ken as a first cousin as our parents often visited. I will never forget when Ken, Paula and Connie tried to teach me how to play sheep head, a Lammers’ favorite. I was able to become closer to Ken as we both tried to check on each others cancer diagnosis. I knew in our last phone conversation in March Ken was saying good bye. He never ever complained or felt sorry for himself. Truly a gift from God and for Joan and family.

  19. By: Rama & Buchi Posted: April 7, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Jo, Kim, Jenell and Christina. Your family is in our prayers, May God give you all the strength to deal with your loss.
    Jo! you were a source of strength for Ken as were your children.
    Ken is with the Lord now and May his soul rest in peace.
    The Hari family is with you all during this time of grief.

  20. By: Theresa Tjon Wallgren Posted: April 7, 2021

    Jo I’m so sorry to here of Ken’s passing. I will keep you in my payers and hope you and your family finds the Peace in God’s presence in these difficult days ahead as Ken has found going home.

    Prayers from the gang at the Fargo VA

  21. By: Mick and Kathy Reifenrath Posted: April 7, 2021

    Sincere sympathy to family brothers and sisters He was a good friend and classmate Thoughts an prayers

  22. By: Ron Lammers Posted: April 8, 2021

    Ken is at peace.
    He earned wings to be with our Lord!
    Now Joe and family will rest and receive all our love and memories of a lifetime. (I have a lot)
    Ken and Joe reached out to many of us and our families.
    He was a good brother.
    By reading the messages posted here, is proof of who he was!
    Now we grieve.

  23. By: Amy Jones Posted: April 8, 2021

    Kim, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. It was always obvious from your stories about your family how much you all loved each other and looked up to him. Sending you all my love and support.

  24. By: Lori & Scott Fairburn Posted: April 8, 2021

    Jo & Family~ I absolutely adored Ken! The first time I met Ken I thought he was a grouchy ol’ coot but once I got to know him he was a big teddy bear! It’s funny how Ken would always be around when our department was having a Potluck! He left the breakroom with a big smile & loaded with a lot of treats! I would occasionally take pics of him & send to Jo so she knew that he was up to no good at work! I am still hugging you Jo! My heart goes out to you & your family! RIP Big Guy! You will be missed!

  25. By: Connie L DeKrey Posted: April 8, 2021

    Kevin and I are so saddened to learn of Ken’s passing. Jo and family, you are in our prayers.

  26. By: Stacie Kalvoda Posted: April 9, 2021

    Dear Jo and family, We are so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. It was a blessing and a joy to know you all being fellow parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church! My kids and I especially enjoyed Ken singing in the choir and his jokester personality and always a warm smile. God bless you all during this difficult time and may Ken Rest In Peace! Love, Stacie, Matthew, Amber, & Janelle

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