Kenneth Clayton Orth


February 27, 1946 - June 20, 2013




Kenneth Clayton Orth was born February 27, 1946, at Artas, SD, to Art and Ella (Berreth) Orth. He graduated from Herried High School and Black Hills State College in Spearfish. He was a teacher and coach in Julesburg, CO, and in Philip, Gregory and Todd County, SD. He was an assistant football coach, head basketball, track and golf coach and refereed 1840 basketball games including the SD State Basketball Tournament and the Lakota Nation Invitational. He was a teacher, coach and referee for 41 years until his retirement in 2008.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell, the Moose Lodge and was an avid golfer and Yankee fan.

He is survived by two children from his marriage, Shayne Orth and wife, Stephanie of Spearfish, Shannon Alcorn and husband, Ryan of Rapid City, four grandchildren: Dillon and Jordan Orth and Kiauna and Kylee Alcorn, his special friend, Judy Titze of Mitchell, two brothers: Lester Orth of Sioux Falls and Gary Orth of Rapid City, and one sister, Vicki Mitzel and    husband, Don of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Sunday, June 23, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Monday, June 24, 2013
1:30 PM
First United Methodist Church
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Lester....... on May 27, 2018
Found out you passed away. Thank you for the help sir. and the secrets that drove me to new places. Rest well. I Hope you thought about what you were going take with you.
Posted by Doris Heath on July 2, 2013
Worked with Ken at TC. Sorry to hear that he is gone. The world was a better place because of him.
Posted by Calvin and Mickie Korab on June 30, 2013
My wife Mickie and I were a young married couple teaching for Todd County school District when we met Ken. He was a great guy and a super teacher always willing to help others. I am sorry we did not keep in touch after we left South Dakota. We are truly sorry to hear about his passing. He will be missed.
Posted by Brenda Franklin on June 30, 2013
Ken was one of the most caring, friendly co-workers when I taught at Todd County. He was always in a good mood and always tried to cheer you up when you were down.
Posted by Sandra Sanders on June 30, 2013
A really nice man - he'll be missed.
Posted by Donna Landis Keller on June 25, 2013
Ken was a classmate of mine in Mobridge grade school & Mobridge High School class of 1964. My prayers to his family at this sad time.
Posted by Juel Burnette on June 25, 2013
One of the greatest guys you ever met! It was an honor to have known Ken, to referee many ball games with him, and to be able to call him a friend. I just heard about this 15 minutes ago and I am very sorry I could not be there! Ken and I were able to referee a state basketball tournament together my last year of officiating! I have many great memories with Ken! My heart is heavy today! See you on the other side my friend!
Posted by Jane Leibel on June 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing he was a great teacher. Prayers for the family at this very difficult time.
Posted by Greg & Gwenda Jackson &family on June 25, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Orth. He taught our kids at Todd County and was also a co-worker. He would always come into my office laughing and joking. He was such a great guy. Heaven will be a happier place now.. Love and prayers to you.
Posted by Beth Hogan on June 25, 2013
Sorry for your loss...I worked many track meets with Ken at Todd County....he was always telling jokes....Rest in peace Ken Orth...
Posted by Everrett & Marie Reagle & Families on June 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. My family worked many ball games with Ken when he was at Todd County.
Posted by dan vosika on June 24, 2013
My prayers are with his family. I was friends with Shayne growing up in Gregory and he was my first basketball coach as a kid in elem school. I had a lot of fun with him and he always had me laughing. South Dakota has lost a great basketball mind.
Posted by Pauline Lanz on June 24, 2013
You will be missed, Mr. Orth. He was my children's teacher and my colleague at TC for many years. Always a smile on his face, and you could tell he really enjoyed teaching.
Posted by Carol Brookens on June 24, 2013
I worked with Ken at Todd County for the years he was there. He was always smiling and enjoyed a good joke. He was well-liked by students and staff alike. My condolences to the family.
Posted by Charlene Kjerstad on June 24, 2013
Mr. Orth was a teacher of mine in Philip, SD in the early 70's and I visited with him a few years ago when he was refereeing a game in Philip. He was well liked and I am saddened by his death.
Posted by Jim Hoffie on June 24, 2013
Sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He leaves fond memories of golf and softball days.
Posted by Wayne & Marlys Honeyman on June 24, 2013
Our love and prayers go out to Shayne, Steph, Ryan, Shannon, kids, and all of the Ken's family and loved ones. You made Ken's life rich. May you experience peace, comfort, and joy as you celebrate his life together.
Posted by cheri swart on June 24, 2013
Judy I am so sorry for your loss. I know there is nothing to say to make it better but I want you to know I am thinking and praying for you and family.
Posted by Carol Postulka on June 24, 2013
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Posted by Mike Gassen on June 23, 2013
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He left many fond memories for all that worked with or knew him. Our prayers are with the family.
Posted by Jeanne Decker on June 23, 2013
I got to ride with Ken during the State Golf Tournament in Spearfish and together we watched Dillion play. He was such a proud grandpa. I'm sure he also enjoyed watching Dillon play in the State Basketball tourney in Rapid. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Mark and Penny Krogstrand on June 23, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to Ken's family. Mark has many golf and coaching memories of Kenny Orth! Ken always kept in touch over the years and would stop by for a visit whenever he could. He will be missed.
Posted by Diane and Ron Shomion on June 22, 2013
Sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ken's family.
Posted by Linda Swanson on June 22, 2013
I am sad to learn of Ken's death. I taught with him at
Todd County. One of the kindest and most patient guys I knew. Rest in peace, Ken!
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on June 21, 2013
Joe has many grreat memories of coaching high school golf with Kenny----especially state tournaments.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.
Posted by Mike Dooley on June 21, 2013
You will be missed.
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