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Obituary for Kenton Raadt

Kenton Neel Raadt, age 86, of Northfield, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Northfield Retirement Community. Kenton Neel Raadt was born the son of Hans and Blanche (Neel) Raadt on October 23, 1933, in Northfield. Ken’s first job was at Tiny’s, the iconic small-town smoke shop, where he worked until he graduated from Northfield High School in 1951. He served in the Army National Guard at Fort Rucker in Alabama, and then returned to Northfield where he began a long career with the First National Bank. He began working as a teller, was promoted to loan officer, and ended […]

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Kenton Neel Raadt, age 86, of Northfield, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Northfield Retirement Community.

Kenton Neel Raadt was born the son of Hans and Blanche (Neel) Raadt on October 23, 1933, in Northfield. Ken’s first job was at Tiny’s, the iconic small-town smoke shop, where he worked until he graduated from Northfield High School in 1951. He served in the Army National Guard at Fort Rucker in Alabama, and then returned to Northfield where he began a long career with the First National Bank. He began working as a teller, was promoted to loan officer, and ended his career as vice president. In 1955, he was united in marriage to Darlene Ulm in Le Sueur, MN and they made their home in Northfield, where they had three daughters. Ken played league baseball and was an active member at United Methodist Church. He retired in 1996 after 42 years in the banking business, an event he looked forward to and counted down by the hour. Darlene passed away August 22, 2001. On February 22, 2010, Ken married Marlene Highum, whom he met through a mutual friend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Ken was a well-known pillar in the community. Many people turned to Ken for information on the town history and he always greeted you by name. He had a sensitive side and huge sense of humor. Always conscious of the weather, Ken made the most out of every sunny day. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, reading, and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. He enjoyed taking trips to northern Minnesota to visit Whitefish Lake, the North Shore, and to Marlene’s cabin in Crosby. Ken was many things, but most of all, Ken will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He absolutely adored his family.

He is survived by his wife Marlene of Northfield; three daughters Julie Raadt-Stickley of Lino Lakes, Jeanne (Joel) Pumper of Northfield, Jane Myogeto (Pat Lambert) of Lake Preston, SD; his grandchildren Michael (Abby) Stickley of Dubuque, IA, Nichole (Jason) Koester of Northfield, Tony (Jennifer) Pumper of Madison, WI, Christopher Pumper of Northfield, Megan (Andrew) Wilt of Minneapolis, Tara Thompson (Scott Henry) of Faribault, Tyler Thompson of Cannon Falls; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother Paul (Marilyn) Raadt of Northfield, and sister in law Beverly DeRaad of Owatonna. He was preceded in death by his first wife Darlene; his parents; son-in-law Sheldon Myogeto; and brother-in-law Henry DeRaad.

Due to the COVID pandemic and guidelines put forth, a private family service will be held at Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. A celebration of life will be planned for later this year for friends to attend. Memorials are preferred to Northfield United Methodist Church or donor of your choice. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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  1. Sandra Thorpe

    I am sorry for all of you. Your dad was a kind and gentle man. I was blessed to have him as my God Father. Prayers to all of your at this time. Love, Sandy Gill Thorpe.

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