Ken served in the Army during the Korean War, being honorably discharged on Dec. 23, 1955. He was a longtime carpenter throughout Minnesota. Ken was united in marriage on March 27, 1954, to Helen E. Utne in Madison, Minn. Ken loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joest and Trena Groninga; sisters Stena Frey, Trena Heikes, Lena Polzine, Minnie Johnson, and Florence Peters; brothers Everett Groninga, Louis Groninga, Joe Groninga, Herbert Groninga, Ben Groninga and Albert Groninga. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen; children Valerie Lawrence, Tom (Clare) Groninga, Lori (Mike) Searcy; grandchildren Addison Lawrence, Connor Lawrence, Katie (Kevin) Massey, Elizabeth Groninga, Sarah (Rob) Latham, Emily (Dylan) Giesen, Kristen Searcy, Michael Searcy, and Branden Searcy; great grandchildren Kyle, Jay Lynn, Samantha, Genevieve, Katherine; brother John Groninga.
Memorial services were be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with an hour of gathering in the church before the services. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.