Kenneth Heim, 86, of Worthington, Minn. and formerly of Decorah, passed away April 25, 2014, in the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., from pneumonia. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, with Rev. Tom Braun officiating. Pallbearers are Aaron Wangberg, Dan Klumper, Joe Klumper, Joe Evenson and Jeremy Armstrong. Burial is at the Worthington Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday, April 30, from 5-7 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the Worthington YMCA.

Kenneth Arthur Hein was born March 21, 1928, in rural Buchanan County, to Herman and Olga (Strempke) Hein. He was the fourth child of six (four brothers and one sister). Ken attended elementary and high school in Fairbank, graduating in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 1945 to July 1946, serving first at Camp Parks, Calidf and then at Mare Island, Calif. Ken married Ruth Dorothea Ullerich May 19, 1946. Following his discharge from the Navy, Ruth and Ken moved to Long Beach, Calif., where Ken attended the College of Commerce. In July 1948 they moved back to Iowa and lived above a Standard station in Fairbank for approximately a year before moving to Independence. Ken worked for the Independence Produce and Hatchery for nine years before moving to Decorah in 1959 to begin work in the Wapsie Produce and Hatchery. Later, he worked at the Decorah newspapers, then as an electrician for Brown Electric, a salesman for Cobie Office Supply and in May 1965 he began working at Decorah Savings and Loan, advancing to president and chief executive officer in Jan. 1974. Following retirement in 1987, he continued working by repairing small engines and equipment for a business in Decorah. In 1988 they moved to Worthington, Minn., where Ken worked part time at the YMCA, at a hardware store and a custom cabinet shop. Ken was a gifted woodworker. Family and friends cherish the wooden bowls, crosses, candleholders and other items he handcrafted.

Ken is survived by his four children: Pat (Rolf) Wangberg of Rochester, Minn., Mike (Gabi) Hein of Gainesville, Fla., Ted (Brigitte) Hein of Minneapolis, Minn. and Dea (Wayne) Klumper of Worthington, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He also is survived by two brothers, Jack Hein of Waterloo and Russell Hein of Fort Dodge.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Wayne and Robert; and one sister, Miriam (Mary).

Blessed be the memory of Kenneth A. Hein.