Kenneth McKenzie

Funeral services for Kenneth McKenzie were held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Burke with Pastor Clay Lundberg and Pastor Mark Tuttle officiating. Dennis Purvis and Jerry Hutchison were ushers. Mark Tuttle was in charge of music, Twylah Ward and Fran Eide were in charge of registration and Virginia Tolstead and Margaret Ann Bailey were flower attendants. Casket bearers were Michael McKenzie, Mitchell McKenzie, Nathan McKenzie, John McKenzie, Jacob McKenzie, Justin Wipf, Rocky McKenzie, River McKenzie, Kristin Hoyt, Lauren Crawford, Madeline McKenzie, Molly Beck, Danielle Verhey, Melissa Verhey and Jessica Verhey. Honorary casket bearers were Dr. Donald Phillips, Dr. Tony Bosworth, Dr. Bob Christensen, Dr. Jim Reynolds, Bob Brotsky, Bill Kucera, Rocy Stukel, Jack Raymond, Jerry Hutchison and John Lillibridge. Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery in Burke. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Dr. Kenneth Homer McKenzie, son of Homer E. McKenzie and Esther Pearl McKenzie passed away on January 5th, 2017 at the Avera Gregory Hospital after a six month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Kenneth was born on October 11, 1934 in Tripp County southwest of Dallas. Kenneth was raised on the family farm and during this time developed a deep interest in and love of animals of all types. This laid a foundation for his choice of profession in veterinary medicine. Kenneth attended high school in Gregory, excelling in academics and sports. He was a natural athlete, earning multiple medals and lettering in both track and football in both high school and college. Following high school, he attended SDSU in Brookings completing a BS in agriculture in 1956. He was accepted into veterinary colleges at the University of Minnesota, Iowa State and Kansas State. He enrolled at Iowa State and graduated in 1960 with a doctorate in veterinarian medicine. Kenneth married Mardis Rae (Kimball) McKenzie on August 14, 1955. Kenneth began his veterinary career in Rapid City following graduation from Iowa State in 1960. In 1964, Ken, Mardi and family moved to Burke after purchasing the practice from Dr. Hans Neuman. Ken worked from an office in the basement of his home until 1968 when he built his veterinarian clinic . In 1973 Ken and Mardi built their home on property adjacent to the clinic, from which they both lived until their deaths. He served on the Burke School Board and frequently attended his children’s basketball and football games, wrestling matches, baseball games and track meets. An avid fisherman, the family spent many times together on the Missouri River, boating, fishing, skiing and swimming. After retirement in 1999, he devoted time to the development of game habitat at the family farm. He was an avid researcher and historian, with vast knowledge of Native American history and family geneology. Having family origins in Scotland and Ireland, he traveled to Scotland with family in 2014≠. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Pearl; his infant sister Elizabeth Jane; his wife Mardis of 56 years; and brother James McKenzie. He is survived by his two sisters Maxine Moxon-Davis of Rimrock, AZ and Shirley Turgeon of Winner; six children, Kim (Lynn) Wipf of Topeka, KS, Dr. Mark (Francine) McKenzie of North Platte, NE, Dr. Jacquelyn McKenzie of Burke, Kenneth McKenzie of Burke, Dr. Matthew McKenzie (Bethany) of Sioux Falls and Dr. David (Janis) McKenzie of Salina, KS; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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