August 30, 1934 - March 16, 2015


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Kenneth E. Pfannenstein, 80, of St. Cloud will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Upper Church in St. Cloud. Ken passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Robert Rolfes will officiate. Private inurnment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Ken was born on August 30, 1934 in St. Joseph, Minnesota to the late Aloys M. and Esther (Notsch) Pfannenstein. He graduated from Technical High School in 1952. He proudly joined and served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959. Ken married Irene L. Dietman on October 26, 1957 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rockville. Ken was employed at the Minnesota Correctional Facility/Reformatory for 29 years. He retired in 1989 as a Lieutenant. He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral and Catholic United Financial and a past member of the St. Cloud Moose Lodge #1400.

Ken was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the cabin. Above all he treasured spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be remembered for his kind, gentle and loving heart and for his infectious sense of humor.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Irene of St. Cloud; children, Sue (Gary) Lentner, Louie (Vicki) and Lori (Tim) Gainey all of St. Cloud, Lisa (Gerry) Holthaus of Clear Lake, Mary (Dean) Weis of St. Cloud, Jenny (Jeremy) Schreiner of Mayer; 14 grandchildren, Louie and Abbey Lentner, Jenna, Kirstin and Sara Pfannenstein, Ryan Wolfe, Leah Koshiol, Nathan and Patrick Gainey, Carly and Chris Holthaus, Rachel Weis, Tori and Alia Schreiner; five great grandchildren, Taylor, Aubrey, Tegan and Ryker Wolfe, Kinsley Koshiol; sisters, Phyllis (Richard) Braulick of Tacoma, Washington, Linda (Ken) Eikmeier of St. Cloud; sisters-in-law, Ginny, Rose and Kathy Pfannenstein; and brother-in-law, Art Douvier.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Andrew Holthaus and baby Lentner; brothers, Aloys Jr., Arthur, Gilbert Pfannenstein; and sister, Marilyn Douvier.

Ken’s family would like to thank all of the Doctors, Nurses, Spiritual Care and the Outpatient Staff of the St. Cloud Hospital for their compassionate care. They truly went above and beyond!

Memorials are preferred.