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Kenneth Vanriper Obituary


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“You probably don't remember me but we lived two houses down from you on Hawthorne street. We also had 9 kids in our family. My Dad's name was Bob and...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Marcia Knudtson Ross - Shoreline, WA

“To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Al Batt - Hartland, MN

“During our 14 years of shared ministry Kenny was a solid leader of the church. His service as trustee, deacon, moderator and choir member helped the...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Bill and Marilyn Akin - Wichita, KS

“Bobby & Jimmy, A lot of water has run under the bridge since we were growing up on Hawthorne and Hoffman Streets. I was sad to hear of your Dad's...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Terry Hopkins - Sierra Vista, AZ

“I was so shocked and saddened to hear that Kenny had passed...Christmas Eve will NEVER be the same without him singing Silent Night..I am so grateful...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Charlotte Olson - Farmington, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family for your loss. God Bless With LOve Dave & Lee ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Dave & Cheryl Lee Drenth - MN


Kenneth Wilson VanRiper was born on November 2, 1919 to James and Gladys (Wilson) VanRiper in Albert Lea, MN. He grew up in Albert Lea, and attended Albert Lea Schools. Kenneth worked at Wilson & Co. where he was a mill right foreman. On July 27, 1940 he was united in marriage to Wilda Nelson in Northwood, IA. Kenneth was a member of First Baptist Church since 1947 and enjoyed singing in the church choir. His favorite past times were camping, dancing, hunting, woodworking and mechanics. Survivors include his children, Sandy Van Wilgen, Janice (John “Sonny) Van Wilgen, James VanRiper, Robert VanRiper, Cheryl (Raymond) McManaman, Becky (Charles) Phagan, Alan VanRiper, Kenneth R. VanRiper (friend Bonita Moeller), and Cynthia VanRiper; grandchildren, Larry (Leah) Van Wilgen, Doug Van Wilgen, Jeff Van Wilgen, Rick (Karen) VanWilgen, Jody Van Wilgen, Julie (Craig) Hill, Jon (Peggy) Van Wilgen, Jacquie Deml, Jason (Tammy) Van Wilgen, James VanRiper, Tina (Jermie) Lutteke, April (Joe) Hyde, Thomas VanRiper, Todd (Kristina) VanRiper, Holly VanRiper, Sheila (Troy) Cordero, Michelle (Rob) Konrade, Kristin Tucker, Karla (Mark) Stevens, Troy (Dawnita) Phagan, Laurie (Ryan) Alles, Jeremiah (Katie) VanRiper, Thaddeus VanRiper; 63 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws; wife, Wilda; son-in-law, Gene Van Wilgen; daughter-in-law, Kathy VanRiper; grandson-in-law, Lawrence Deml; great-grandson, Phillip Robitaille; great-granddaughter, Shawn Florence VanRiper; brothers, Joe, Rip, Pud, and James; sisters, Helen Wellens and Sis Stauch; brothers-in-law, Richard Nelson, Gerald Nelson, Leo Carr and Russ Stauch; sisters-in-law, Dee VanRiper, Ruth VanRiper and Helen Nelson.

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