Kenneth R. Peterson
Lasher Funeral Home Inc
100 Tinker St
Woodstock, NY
Kenneth R. Peterson WOODSTOCK- Kenneth R. Peterson, 69, of Woodstock, a longtime funeral director and the owner of Lasher Funeral Home in Woodstock, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Monday morning, May 13, 2019. He was born in Kingston, N.Y.; a son of Janet (Maclary) Peterson of Woodstock, and the late Harold R. Peterson. In 7th grade Ken already knew he wanted to be a funeral director. Following his high school classes, he would assist at the Lasher Funeral Home, cutting grass, washing cars, and cleaning the funeral home. Following his graduation from Onteora High School, he attended Ulster County Community College, and then attended the Simmons School of Embalming. Ken earned his NYS license to practice funeral directing in 1975 and continued as a funeral director with the Lasher Funeral Home. Ken purchased the funeral home from previous owner Bob Boyd in 2005. A member of the Sons of Norway, Ken was an avid collector of post cards and would attend post card shows held locally. He enjoyed studying genealogy and held an interest in old cemetery stones. He also loved local town history and was a very active longtime member of the Woodstock Area Meals on Wheels. Ken loved to bake, especially his famous blueberry pies. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one brother, Carl A. Peterson, and his companion Teresa Grant, of Shandaken; one sister, Cynthia L. Peterson; his dear loving companion, Annette Mason Kissin; two uncles, Cornelius (Connie) Maclary and his Roseann, of Woodstock, and Kenneth W. Peterson, and his wife Shirley, of Alabama; one aunt, Margaret Aikins of Wisconsin; close cousins, Debbie Brooks, and her husband Bob, of Saugerties, and Michael Reynolds, and his wife Suzanne, of Willow. Many other cousins, both local and in Wisconsin, also survive. Ken’s family will receive friends at the Lasher Funeral Home, 100 Tinker Street, Woodstock, N.Y., on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Lasher Funeral Home, The Rev. Charles E. Stickley will officiate. Burial will follow at Blue Mountain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Ken’s memory to a charity of choice. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Ken’s family at:
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Eldad Benary
January 6, 2020
This comes as a G-R-E-A-T shock. "Greater for Ken than I i'm sure!" This is the kind of M.A.S.H./Gahan Wilson humor we shared with L♥ve & Respect for G-d & The Deceased. Ken and I officiated over many Funeral/Memorial services together. I figured to beat him in the ground first. I had planned a wonderful gag that would have made him roar. I don't read the local news so I am just catching up now. So sorry I was not in attendance. My condolences to all concerned. B-Blest ~ Scottie♠ "I can Beam Yah Up Now Captain"
Rev. Scott St. John
July 26, 2019
My husband and I were deeply saddened to hear of Ken's sudden passing. We had met him several times to arrange our own funerals and liked him enormously. Your family is in our prayers and comforting wishes. Donna Aquino and John T. Graham
Donna Aquino
June 5, 2019
So sorry to have learned of Kenny's passing. I was not in the area on the 17th so I am sorry that I did not attend the service. I would like to visit his final resting place. I never expected him to leave before me. Kenny was a kind, friendly and warm person and I used to stop by just to visit. My condolences to his family and all who loved this great man.
Charles Lyonhart
May 23, 2019
Sad to learn of Ken's paint. A kind and wonderful man. Kathy Keillor
May 21, 2019
Ken laid both my parents to rest with extreme care and dignity. I had called the Funeral Home that morning and was informed of his demise. I was devastated. God Bless Ken and his family. ❤
Michael McErlean
May 19, 2019
So sorry to hear about Ken! My condolences to his family and to Annette,
Marie Lauriti Buchanan (Class Mate)OCS
May 19, 2019
May 19, 2019
So very sorry. Ken and his family was always part of our family. Especially when our dad passed away in 1964. Soon thereafter his grandmother took care of us kids. I will always remember him as a kind, caring person. Ken you will be missed by a lot of people. Peace be with you.
Gail Hafele galioto
May 19, 2019
Sad news. A lovely person who frequented our shop, always with a smile. His warm gentle demeanor will be missed. Our condolences to all who knew him.
Sam & Kathryn Spata
May 19, 2019
Heartfelt condolences to Ken's family. He was a mainstay of the Woodstock community...will be sorely missed. At the most difficult times in one's life he was caring, compassionate, professional and always genuine. He was also charming and fun to run into in the Village and chat with. How lucky Woodstock was to have him.
Cornelia Rosenblum
May 19, 2019
Ken was a gem and indeed so very lucky to have known him
Maralyn Master
May 18, 2019
My condolences to Ken's family. I'm so saddened to learn of his passing. His kind caring ways have helped so many while going though their most difficult times. But that was authentically Ken. I've never known him as anything less. He will be dearly missed by anyone that's had the pleasure to know him.
Eric Lapp
May 18, 2019
To Carl and family, so sorry of the loss of your brother, may he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Ed Weber
May 18, 2019
What a sweet man...God has a purpose that we surely cannot see. Our deepest condolences to Kenny's family and to Annette.
Terry Rust
May 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss Ken thank you for keeping my Mom safe all these years..Spread your wings and soar..SIP..
Robin Albach
May 18, 2019
You lived so far away I didn't have the chance of knowing you like others. I admired your love of our Norwegian heritage and your ability to speak the language. Your life was cut short way to soon. You will be sorely missed by all your family here in Wisconsin. Penny Peterson-Kiefer.
Penny Kiefer
May 17, 2019
We were shocked to hear of Ken's passing. Ken
has been a big part of our family helping with many funeral's and was always a caring professional man. You will be greatly missed.
Doris Glass
May 17, 2019
My heart and condolences to the family of Kenneth Peterson, I am totally shocked to hear that's sad news. Kenneth was a remarkable kind man that you ever wanted to meet Kenneth was there for everybody in the town of Woodstock, those who do not know me I met Kenneth in my younger years when I used to visit my grandparents Marguerite and Freilan VanDeBOGART that live in Bearsville occasionally we would have to go to the funeral home at " Victor Lasher " I am related to the Lasher's and shultis, and at that time Kennett was working at the door and we will be talking the old days and who was related to who. We would go to the cemetery and visit and Kenneth would be there showing us around the cemetery and stones Kenneth would know exactly where it is , Like I said Keneth was a remarkable man that you ever want meet. I am the son of Gordon and Mary VanDeBOGART are now deceased.
Rest in peace Kenneth you will be missed and forever forgotten.
Chester, New York
May 17, 2019
I pray that all the angels and saints were there to greet you Ken. I loved your presence here, you were the best! I will miss you very much.
Ronnie Spaziante
May 17, 2019
Such a kind and gentle man. I will miss seeing him. May his memory always be a blessing to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Ken.
Carol Sas
May 17, 2019
So sad to learn Ken is gone; he was a calming presence during the most difficult times, in our town of colorful personalities. I will always remember his help in July 2018 with a close friend's funeral. And I'm grateful we enjoyed coffee together last Saturday morning, May 11th, before we both went to work. Condolences to his mother and lovely girlfriend.
Joanne Michaels
May 17, 2019
I will always be grateful to Ken for his authentic kindness. THANK YOU, Ken.
His presence will be truly missed in town.
Sincere condolences to all.
Shelley Parriott
May 16, 2019
So saddened to read this. Kenny was the most compassionate person to all my family...matter of fact everyone's family. Would get quite a chuckle out of him also. Nothing but above and beyond for him.

Rest In Peace Kenny and thanks for all you have done.

Russell E. Cashdollar
Wittenberg, N.Y.
May 16, 2019
Such a shocking loss for everyone who knew Ken. He was such a comfort to me when I lost my mother in 2014 and with one phone call from me in Florida, he handled everything I needed in his quiet professional way. Whenever I am home in the area I would stop in and we would have the best chats. My deepest condolences to his mother and his entire family. RIP Ken. You will be sorely missed.
Emma Weber-Mattes
May 16, 2019
So shocked to hear this. Ken was such a help to my family during times of sorrow, from my grandparents, my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and husband. Thank you for everything! He will be missed. MaryAnn Mongelli and JoAnne Powell.
JoAnne Powell
May 16, 2019
A lovely man who made difficult times a bit easier for those who were mourning. My most sincere condolences to the family and friends.
Chip Brill
May 16, 2019
God be with
you always
Ailda VanWagner
May 16, 2019
I am at a loss for words. He was such a kind, warm caring person and a wealth of history of Woodstock people that it will be difficult to to fill the empty space with which he leaves us. My deepest condolences to the family.
Andrea Newman-Winston
May 16, 2019
A true "gentle man"who will be missed by all who knew him. A very big loss to the Ashokan Rural Cemetery whose help we always depended on.
Rudy Hellenschmidt
May 16, 2019
Kenny was not only my employer for ten plus years a true friend. I lost brother I wish I had and a member of the community that we will remain in remorse forever . I thank god I had him in my life. we all thank god he was part of our lives. Scott DiMicco
May 16, 2019
Kenny was a wonderful human being. He had a sense of humor but also knew how to console you when a loved one passed.

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