Kenneth Puepke


November 27, 1939 - February 23, 2018


Kenneth Puepke, 78, of Ethan, SD, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel. 

Kenneth Walter Puepke was born on November 27, 1939 to Walter and Erna (Blume) Puepke in Parkston, SD. He was united in marriage to Patricia Carstensen on October 28, 1961.

They farmed 11 miles west of Parkston for 17 years. In 1978 they moved to Ethan. Kenny was a member of the Ethan Volunteer Fire Department. He was a bus driver for the Ethan School District for many years and also worked for the city of Ethan as the City Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement.        

Kenny was a kind hearted, loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time fishing on the Missouri River and camping with Patricia and his family. He enjoyed playing his guitar to some of his favorite Johnny Cash songs.  He also enjoyed playing darts, playing cards, hunting, watching his grandchildren’s activities and spending time with his family.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia; 5 children: Julie Wheeler, Hartford, SD; Doug (Bonnie) Puepke, Parkston, SD; James (Angela Harvey; children Jessica Harvey, Brittany Harvey and granddaughter Avery) Ethan, SD; Donald (Melissa) Puepke, Pierre, SD; Jody (Donald) Henglefelt, Alexandria, SD; Siblings: Norma Jean (Robert) Spaans, Salem, SD; Dennis (Marge) Puepke, Ethan, SD; 10 grandchildren: Dustin (Taylor) Wheeler, Jeremy (Brittany) Puepke, Kenny Puepke, Danialle (Jake) Hohn, Morgan Puepke, Maci Puepke, Dawson Puepke, Miranda Henglefelt, Ashley Henglefelt, Carter Henglefelt; 5 great grandchildren: Waverly Wheeler, Brooklyn Puepke, Jordan Puepke, Hunter Hohn, Cheyenne Hohn. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Delores Bullington.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, South Dakota

Posted by Ruth Ann Tiedje on February 26, 2018
I'm so sorry Pat sending prayers to you and your family
Posted by Karen Miiller on February 26, 2018
Sending Prayers to all the family. Ken was a great bus driver and I will always remember the snowy times when he took the extra time to drive down our long driveway and pick us up by the house. My sister was in the same grade with Jody.
Posted by Norman Puepke family on February 25, 2018
Thoughts & Prays for the family
Posted by Jean Roth & family on February 25, 2018
All of you are in our thoughts and prayer
Posted by Lyle and Betty Puepke on February 25, 2018
Our prayers are with you and your family May God be with you.
Posted by Reuben and Arlene HOFER on February 25, 2018
Posted by Doris Tiede on February 24, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family. God give you Strength
Posted by JoAnn Hohn on February 24, 2018
So sorry to hear this Pat my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Posted by duane blume on February 24, 2018
sorry for your loss, lots of good memories.
Posted by Randy and Lynn gilbert on February 24, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Elaine Neugebauer on February 23, 2018
My sympathy
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