Kenneth “Ken” Allen Fokken, of St. Cloud, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 79 years old.

He was born July 21, 1941 in Braham to Allen and Cleone (Heim) Fokken. He attended school in Ogilvie; graduating in 1959. After graduation, he moved to St. Cloud where he attended St. Cloud State University and worked at Fingerhut. After college he moved to McGregor where he obtained a job at McGregor State Bank. He was drafted in 1964. After basic training he was assigned to the First Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas. He was sent to Vietnam July 1965. After discharge in 1966, he moved back to Ogilvie.

After various jobs, he was united in marriage to Sherrie Henderson. They started a family in Rochester. They had a hobby farm, and he worked for Plywood Minnesota. He was selected to manage a store in Iowa. He moved to Waverly, Iowa and raised two children. He worked for John Deere until health issues forced his retirement. He moved back to Minnesota; living in Princeton until health problems necessitated his move to the residential center at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud.

He spent most of his life farming. He loved the outdoors, horses, mules and dogs. He loved God, his family and his nurses at the V.A. He was in the loving care of the St Cloud V.A. when he passed away peacefully with family at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Steven Sohlstrom (Trinette); and the mother of his children, Sherrie (Henderson) Janke.

He is survived by his children, Lynn (Fokken) Engnell and Anthony “Tony” Fokken; grandson, Calvin Engnell; siblings, Judy (Larry) Sholstrom, Del (Maxine) Fokken and Dean (Pam) Fokken; many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at

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