Kenneth J. Ose and Lillian K. Ose

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Kenneth J. Ose and Lillian K. Ose

Kenneth J. Ose, 94, and Lillian K. Ose, 87, died at Homestead Place North in Benson on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Funeral Services for Kenneth and Lillian will be held on Saturday, January 9, at 3:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 8, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturdaysday. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth J. Ose                
October 18, 1921-January 5, 2016

Lillian Ose
October 21, 1928-January 5, 2016
     Kenneth John Ose, 94, was born at home on October 18, 1921 on the family farm in Silverton Township, which is located in Pennington County, Minnesota, the son of Ole and Gunhild (Neset) Ose. He attended country schools through the eighth grade and was a member of the 1940 class at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a signalman, 2nd class, seeing service on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during World War II. Returning home in 1946, he farmed with his father until 1955 when he went to work for Erie Mining Company in Aurora, Minnesota.

     Lillian Kathleen Ysteboe, 87, was born on October 21, 1928 at the hospital in McVille, North Dakota, the daughter of Ivan and Hazel (Quanbeck) Ysteboe, who lived on a farm near Finley, in Steele County, North Dakota. In 1936 the family moved to Blabon, North Dakota where they lived until the death of her father in 1942 after which they moved to Fargo, North Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. She graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in 1946 and from Augsburg College in 1951. She became a medical laboratory technologist, having trained at Minneapolis General Hospital for one year and was employed there until 1957.

     On February 23, 1957, Kenneth and Lillian were united in marriage. This union was blessed with over 58 years of marriage. They lived in Virginia, Minnesota until 1959 when Ken took over the family farm and they moved back to Thief River Falls. Lillian was employed as the laboratory supervisor at Northwestern Hospital. In 1966 they sold the family farm and moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where Ken studied at Moorhead State Teachers College, earning his degree in 1969, while Lillian was employed at St. Ansgar Hospital. Kenneth then accepted a position as a work evaluator at Mankato Rehab center in Mankato, Minnesota.  During the 1966-1970 period, they were blessed with three children, David, Eric, and Sara.  In 1971 the couple returned to Thief River Falls where Ken was hired as the executive director for the Thief River Falls Rehabilitation Center as well as the Crookston Rehab Center and Lillian was employed by Falls Clinic (later known as Dakota Clinic). Ken resigned as director in 1978 then taught school in Newfolden for one year and worked as Production manager at the Occupational Development Center until 1984 when he retired.  Lillian retired from the clinic in 1994. In 2010 they moved to Benson, Minnesota to be closer to family members. They were called from this life on January 5, 2016 at Homestead Place North in Benson.

     They are survived by their children David (Kerry) of Columbia, Maryland, Eric (Debra) of Benson, and Sara of Cambridge, five grandchildren Colin, Hannah, Austin, Ivan, and Evelyn, Ken’s siblings Marjorie, June, Glenn, and Ray, and Lillian’s siblings James, Ruth, and Elaine. They were preceded in death by their parents, Ken’s siblings Doris, Eleanor, and Otis, and Lillian’s siblings Carol and Howard. Blessed be their memory.

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