Kenneth L. Rothermund

Kenneth L. Rothermund, age 84, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1974 and formerly of Cripple Creek and Omaha, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013 at a local care center. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Colorado Division of Transportation, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Kenneth Lee Rothermund was born on January 12, 1929 in Ralston, Nebraska to the late Albert Martin and Martha Henrietta (Wittmass) Rothermund. He attended schools in Ralston and the Papillion area in Nebraska. After school, he joined the United States Navy where he served briefly before being transferred into the United States Army. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea.

Ken married Joanna Mackey Hessing on January 4, 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ken loved dancing, and especially enjoyed the outdoors while camping and fishing. He was a gifted carpenter and craftsman who loved to build things. He loved his football and was an avid Husker Fan.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joanna; his children: Donald (wife, Donna) Rothermund of Lillington, North Carolina; Robert (wife, Elizabeth) Rothermund of Denver, Colorado; Gisela (husband, Michael) Herman of Warner Robins, Georgia; Deborah (husband, Kenneth) Weeks of Peyton, Colorado; Michele (husband, Denny) Pope of Peyton, Colorado; and Kenneth Timothy Rothermund of Denver; and Joanna’s children: Kristine Hessing of Colorado Springs; and William Hessing of Bayfield, Wisconsin.

He is also survived by his brothers: Gordon (Evelyn) Rothermund of Omaha, Nebraska; Howard (Beverly) Rothermund of Omaha; Ronald (Sonja) Rothermund of Boise, Idaho; and Robert Rothermund of Lexington, Kentucky; and his sisters: Betty Schram of Omaha; Dorothy Kentner of Sun City, California; Dolores Ingwerson of Omaha; and Carol (Daniel) Bunch of Rockford, Illinois. Kenneth has 21 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior in the chapel. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard.

Memorials in Kenneth’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1 South Nevada Avenue, Suite 205, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.

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