Kenneth Charles Breitsprecher


Kenneth Charles Breitsprecher, 92, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Elkader Care Center. 

Kenneth was born on December 29, 1920, near Bismarck, Iowa, in Farmersburg Township, the son of Louis and Alice (Strien) Breitsprecher. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg. He graduated from Farmersburg High School 75 years ago in 1938. 

On June 9, 1945, he was united in marriage to Vernice Foran at Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa. They farmed in Read Township until moving to a farm near St. Olaf in 1958. His grandson, Mike, still works this same farm. Kenneth and Vernice were blessed with three daughters, Jean, Mary and Lois. 

Vernice passed away on December 12, 1981. He then married Patricia (Mather) Ehrhardt on May 30, 1985, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He was an active member of Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa, where he served in numerous leadership positions. Kenneth was a life-long farmer in the Farmersburg and St. Olaf area. He took great satisfaction in working with his Brown Swiss cattle and his Suffolk sheep. In addition to farming, Kenneth worked for 38 years at the Farm Service Agency in Elkader, Iowa. This gave him an opportunity to meet and make friends with farmers throughout all of Clayton County.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughters, Jean (Mel) Butikofer, Farmersburg; Mary (Gregg) Cameron, Ames; and Lois (Matthew) Mulbrook, Center Point; two grandchildren, Mike (Tamara) Butikofer, Famersburg; Mollie (Bill) Mize, Sioux City; three great grandchildren, Alex, Reagan, and Maya Butikofer and one brother, Lloyd (Ilaverne) Onalaska, WI.; four step-children, Carroll Ehrhardt, Richland Center, WI; Ruth Ehrhardt, Cedar Rapids; Donna (Dan) Ryherd, Webster City; and Mark Ehrhardt, Monona; twelve step-grandchildren, Brian (Lisa) Cameron, Bondurant; Scott (Steph) Cameron, Portland, OR; Eric (Mary) Ehrhardt, Bangor, WI, Lynette Ehrhardt, Bangor, WI; John (Sara) Ehrhardt, Onalaska, WI; Mark Ryherd, Fairfax, VA; Lee Ryherd, Shenandoah; Grant Ryherd, West Fargo, ND; Jan Ryherd, Ames; Monica (Brian) Enyart, Postville; Melissa (Randy) Wedo, Monona; Samantha Ehrhardt, Nashua and eight step-great grandchildren. 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Vernice; a brother Harold; step-daughter-in-law Sandra Ehrhardt and step-great grandson Noah Cameron.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, at 11 a.m. at Norway Lutheran Church with the Rev. Marshall Hahn officiating. Mary Lammers was organist and casket bearers were Alex Butikofer, Mel Butikofer, Mike Butikofer, Gregg Cameron, William Mize III and Matthew Mulbrook. Interment was at Norway Lutheran Cemetery, St. Olaf.  Visitation was Friday, December 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church and also one hour before services at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf.

Leonard Funeral Home, Elkader was  in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with

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