Kenneth R. Horstmann

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Name Kenneth R. Horstmann
Born 1919-02-17
Gender M
Died 2010-03-21
Buried Inland Cemetery, Bennett, Cedar County, Iowa
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Father Grover John Conrad Horstmann b. (1885-04-28) d. (1973-02-04, Farm near Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa)
Mother Bertha Catherine Susanne Homrighausen b. (1884-07-20) d. (1954-10-25)
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Family Helen Rupe
Married 1947-01-19
Children 1 Terry Horstmann
2 Tim Horstmann
3 Ken Horstmann


In Bennett IA 2006

Horstmann, Kenneth R. Posted on Mar 22, 2010 by obits admin.

Kenneth R. Horstmann, 91, of Crystal, Minn., formerly of Bennett, died Sunday, March 21, 2010. Fry Funeral Home, Tipton.

BENNETT, Iowa — Funeral services for Kenneth R. Horstmann, 91, formerly of Bennett, will be held Saturday, March, 27, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at Peace Church of Christ, Bennett. A visitation will take place Friday, March 26, 2010, 5 to 8 p.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, Iowa. Burial will be at Inland Cemetery, Bennett. A full obituary will follow.

Born to Grover and Bertha Horstmann residing in Big Rock, Iowa and owning HorstmannvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs General Store.

Kenny had many great stories about the early days of Big Rock but one of his favorites involved the nationally famous wrestler vØ‚ðC¨˜áiFarmer BurnsvØ‚ðC¨¬áu. Farmer Burns was noted for the strength of his neck muscles. In order to validate this he would put a noose around his neck and tie it off to the HorstmannvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs General Store porch rafters. He would then jump off the benches in front of the store and cut himself down unharmed.

Kenny attended grade school at the Big Rock country school.

Graduated from Wheatland High School in 1936 where he played both baseball and basketball.

He was very active with his brothers in minor league baseball which was quite popular at that time. He was also an avid swimmer and kinda hard headed which was for real as there was a steel plate inserted in his head after an unsuccessful dive off the Big Rock railroad bridge.

Joined the United States Marine Corp in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1946.

Married Helen Rupe on January 19, 1947.

Moved to Bennett in 1954 when he took over for his brother Elmer at HorstmannvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs Grocery Store, later was sold in 1967.

While in Bennett he was an active member of the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion, Lions Club and Business Club. He also served for many years on the Bennett City Counsel. He could always be counted on to volunteer. He started the annual FiremanvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs Ham Dinner which is still active in Bennett.

Bought the home at 403 Maple Street in 1970.

After working a few years for GeifmanvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs Grocery Chain in Davenport, the urge to open his own store returned. In 1973 the previous Methodist Church was purchase and remodeled into HorstmannvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs Trading Post. KennyvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs pride was always his meat which he cut himself. Appropriately, he was also the vØ‚ðC¨˜áiCookie MonstervØ‚ðC¨¬áu, a favorite with the kids as he always had cookies to share.

The church bell and some of the stained glass windows from the Methodist Church are now part of the Peace Church.

Kenny loved to go on outings to rivers and lakes with family and friends and particularly his best friend and brother-in-law Bob Rupe. He was a pretty good chef on the BBQ. He also fancied himself a great fisherman which was an interesting proclamation for those who knew him well. However, he did have a 4 foot Musky mounted on the wall!

I believe he was born a Cardinal fan and remained so for his entire life. He greatly enjoyed verbal sparring with some of BennettvØ‚ðC¨‚äNØs most avid Cub fans. One in particular was named Mary?

Kenny is survived by his wife Helen residing in Brooklyn Park, MN. Three Sons and families; Ken and Sara Horstmann, Wichita, KS; Terry Horstmann, Zimmerman, MN, and Tim and Lynn Horstmann, Brooklyn Center, MN; Sister, Bernadine Peckenschneider, New Liberty, IA; and Sister-in-law Betty Rupe, Davenport, IA. He also has 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.