Abendroth Kenneth Charles, passed away June 20, 2004 at the Veterans Hospital, Tucson, AZ. He was born August 26, 1925 to Datus and Gertrude (Stenze) Abendroth in Elgin, IL, and moved to Minneapolis, MN where he grew up. He attended the University of Minnesota and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then went to Fargo, ND, where he was affiliated with Watson Real Estate Co. and helped develop Brookdale Shopping Center in Moorhead, MN. On May 19, 1956, he married Vernice Lenore Perhus of Kindred, ND. Kenneth made a career in real estate as a developer, broker, appraiser and author. A great motivator, he sought to help the underprivileged and less fortunate, most recently through volunteer work at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Federal Way, WA. In 2003, both being retired, Vernice and Ken moved from Seattle to Tucson, AZ. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Vernice, of 48 years; daughter, Shelly Ann (Kevin) Chess of Tucson; sons, Kent James (Linda), Charles Patrick (Elizabeth) of Seattle, WA, Scott Orin (Jennifer) of Corona, CA, and John Datus (Amy) of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Jillian, Austin, Isabella, Collin and Christian Abendroth and Jacob and Samuel Chess; brothers, Thomas, Paul and James Abendroth and sister, Elaine Murphy, all of Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Tucson, AZ, with burial at the Veterans Cemetery in Sierra Vista, AZ. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
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Published in Star Tribune on July 4, 2004