Ken Egertson, 86, of Story City, Iowa, died following complications of a stroke on Jan. 1, 2018. He was a retired Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota. During his career at the University of Minnesota, in addition to teaching and extension work, he participated in international projects in Belize, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Dominica. Ken and Barbara spent three years on the island of Dominica which became their second home, and also time in Bulgaria, which they loved. He also loved Ashby, Minn., and Barbara’s family farm which they owned there and spent as much time as possible.
In his retirement, he and his wife Gloria lived in Arizona and he became an avid hiker of the Grand Canyon, which he hiked three times, as well as almost every trail in Arizona. They also enjoyed travel all over the world. Mostly, Ken was known as a kind and generous person, a great father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He truly touched everyone he met.
Ken is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Teisberg); son-in-law Scott Kinkade; siblings Vernon Egertson, Don Egertson and Betty Egertson. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; children Kathy Young and her husband Garrett Young, Paul Egertson, Karen Egertson, Jennifer Egertson and Sara Egertson; grandchildren Sam Young, Paul Kinkade, Kate Kinkade, Drew Kinkade and Ava Egertson.
Ken was also fortunate to have a wonderful second family and is survived by his step daughters and their husbands, Nancy and Dana Kever, Ann and Daren Smith and Patty and Kevin Mote; grandchildren Tyler Buck, Stacia Wilson (Derek), Zach Smith (Nicky), Chelsea Smith, Casey Mote and Tanner Mote; and, of course, great-grandchildren Remington, Ellie, Corbin and Rorik who kept him young.
A visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, from 4-6 p.m. and funeral services on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern, Ames, IA 50010. The burial will be at a later date in Ashby, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The American Diabetes Association, Heifer International or Peace Lutheran Church in Ashby, Minn. Soderstrum-Larson Funeral Home, Story City, is entrusted with arrangements.