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Kenneth Albert Livedalen

Ranchers spend their entire lives searching for a place where the grass is stirrup deep, the water is cool and clear, the cows are happy and fat, and the winters are easy.  On October 13, 2017,  69 year old Kenneth Albert Livedalen was reunited with the love of his life and finally found his rancher’s paradise.

On December 28, 1947, Ken was born to Albert and Dorothy (Solie) Livedalen.  He and his 3 siblings were raised on the Livedalen ranch north of Towner.  After graduating from Towner High School, Ken completed the ND State School of Science (now NDSCS) Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning program before serving in the US Army as a Specialist.  While home on leave, he married his forever love, Bonnie Fecho, at Willow Creek Lutheran Church near Willow City on December 26, 1970.  He then served in Vietnam, returning home on November 21, 1971 to reside with Bonnie and her parents before soon finding a home in Towner where Ken settled in to work at P & H Motors. 

Shortly after the birth of their first child, the family moved to the Livedalen Ranch in the sandhills north of Towner, where they raised their three children.  In the late 70’s, Ken left P & H Motors to pursue his ranching dream full time on the family ranch north of Towner.  After the heartbreak of selling his cow herd in 2011 due to flooded hay land, he continued to stay involved in the ranching business part time.  Though it’s not a get-rich kind of career, ranching truly made him happy and he took great pride in caring for his family’s land and beef cattle herd.

Ken relished visiting with family and friends and would always jump in with a helping hand when he saw a need.  He loved telling us “I’ll decide” when any decision was required; and encouraging us to “Git’r done” when there were things that needed doing.  He truly enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada with his good friends, and even earned a Manitoba Master Angler certificate by catching a 38 inch Lake Trout in Kississing Lake.  One of his favorite parts of these trips was sharing the stories with his family when he returned home each year. 

Since the fall of 2014 when Bonnie was diagnosed with recurrent Ovarian cancer, he has been faithfully glued to her side.  Together, they weathered the storm until Bonnie passed away July 10, 2017, leaving him heartbroken and lonely, despite the best efforts of family and friends.  He was a lifetime member of the North Dakota Firemen’s Association, a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and a former McHenry County Commissioner.

Ken was predeceased by his parents and wife, Bonnie.  Though we know he’s dancing with Bonnie again, he leaves a hole in the hearts of his daughters Brenda (Kevin) Heilman of Rugby and Kelly (Phil) Livedalen of Towner; son Shane (Rhonda) Livedalen of Rugby; brother, Roger (Linda) Livedalen of Towner; sisters Myrtice Bailey of Towner and Gloria (Gerald) Kurtyka of Rugby; his 11 grandchildren:  Kaycee (Derek), Allison, Peyton, Cade, Nathan, Kyra, Mikaylee, Maci, Royanne, Clare, and Kreagan; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many caring friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 20th at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner with burial in the Union Cemetery, Towner.  Pastor Linda Wimmer and Wally Fretland, officiating.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a prayer service and sharing of memories beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Towner.

Posted Condolences:

Although we did not see each other often, when we did, Kenny always had a smile and great conversation.  He was a GOOD Man.  He was always with us during times of loss and grief.  He gave comfort by his presents and laughter.  He will be missed; however he is with his loving family in greener pastures with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 
Chuck Sanderson

We will miss your smiling face and warm welcome hugs every time we got to see you.  You were such an inspiration to us all the way you sat by Bonnie's side when she was sick. A truly wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I can picture you and Bonnie together once again in your heavenly home! Our hearts go out to all the family! 
John & Myrtice Behan

Kenny, was a gentle soul, was like my brother as we grew up.
 The world is a worse place for his leaving.

My sympathy to the family
Carol lashman

Our hearts go out to your family. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
David and Bernadette Price

We were so sorry to hear about Kenny. Our prayers are with all of your family.  Kenny was one of kind.  Beause of your dad our family will be forever thankful for all he did for our dad, Francis Hoynes.  He is now in God’s hands.  May he Rest In Peace.
Geri (Hoynes) and Jerry Zainhofsky

Sorry to hear about Kenny. I'll always remember his big smile.


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