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Kenneth H. Rickertsen - 68

2/19/1950 - 2/6/2019

Clinton, IA

Kenneth H. Rickertsen age 68 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday Feb. 6, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday Feb.11th at Ascension Lutheran Church in Goose Lake.  Visitation will be held Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton.  Burial will be at Center Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Glen Gradert, Scott Nissen, David and Gary Schroeder, Jason Rickertsen, and Keith Zaehringer.  Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Thomson, Paul Claeys, Larry Derganz, and Mick Chambers. Online condolences may be left at


     Kenneth was born on Feb. 20, 1950 in Clinton, the son of Arlo and Lois (Peters) Rickertsen.  He graduated from Northeast High School in 1968.  Kenneth married Joyce Schroeder on June 5, 1971 in Charlotte.  He served in the US National Guard from 1968-1973.  Kenneth retired from Eastern Iowa Propane and previously farmed and drove bus for Northeast Community School District.  He was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church and the Lions Club both in Goose Lake.  He enjoyed going to flea markets and toy auctions. He loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.


     Kenneth is survived by his wife, Joyce Rickertsen of Clinton;  two sons, Brian (Lisa) Rickertsen of Calamus and Neal Rickertsen of Goose Lake;  three grandchildren, Aleisha (Matt) Haag and Austin and Alex Rickertsen; and by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and step-sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gerald, Carlyle, and Wayne.  


Visitation will be held Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton.


Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday Feb.11th at Ascension Lutheran Church in Goose Lake. Burial will be at Center Grove Cemetery.


  • Daryl and Pat Wenthe

    on 02/08/19

    Our deepest sympathies Joyce - we always enjoyed visiting with you two so much whenever we happened to run in to you - wherever that may be - and yes we finally made it to Pecatonica 

  • Sharon Monaghan

    on 02/09/19

    Dear Joyce.I meet you at the hospital ccu waiting room.So very sorry for your loss.God bless you all.Sharon Monaghan
  • Bridget Otto

    on 02/09/19

    Joyce and Family-

    I was absolutely heartbroken when I heard about Ken’s passing when I returned to work. I cannot imagine the heartbreak you all are feeling. He was such an amazing human being and I truly enjoyed the time I got to spend with you guys. It’s patients like him that remind me to take a step back and hug my loved ones, as things can change so quickly. Sending all my love. 

    -Bridget RN (and the rest of the MICU staff who were lucky enough to take care of you both) 

  • Keith and Phyllis Jensen

    on 02/10/19

    So sorry for your loss of Kenneth

  • Mary J Leslie-Douglas

    on 02/10/19

    So very sorry for your enormous loss! Kenny was such a wonderful and kind person. Thinking of you and your family especially today and tomorrow! Wish we could be there to attend to pay our respects! Hugs and Love..Mary and David

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