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Kenneth J. Cernohous, 73

Kenneth J. Cernohous, age 73, New Richmond, Wis., died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after a 16-month battle with cancer, which he faced with courage, grace, and dignity.

He was born on July 13, 1938, in River Falls, Wis., to Gordon and Lucille (Weishaar) Cernohous. In his early years, Ken attended the Campus School in River Falls, graduating from River Falls High School in 1956. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and graduated in 1960 with a major in agriculture and minors in chemistry and biology. In 1955, he joined the National Guard 32nd Division/Red Arrow Division RF Headquarters Battery 1/121 artillery. On Oct. 16, 1961, he was called into active duty during the Berlin (Cuban Missile) Crisis and sent to Fort Lewis, Wash., for possible deployment. He was married to Audrey Kane on Aug. 23, 1958. He worked for Doboy Feeds in New Richmond, Wis., working in the quality control lab and chemistry lab. Ken was then employed as traffic manager for Friday Canning Corporation, retiring in 2001.

He was a member of the New Richmond City Council from 1976 to 1982 and served as mayor of the City of New Richmond from 1982 to 1986. Ken served on many committees in New Richmond including the Police Commission, Utilities Commission, and was recently president of the board of directors for the Heritage Center.

He enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing and bowling, and was inducted into the New Richmond Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2002. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren.

Ken was always willing to help others, and his friendly nature and kindness will be sadly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Lucille Cernohous; nephews, Ronald Cernohous and Nathan Ptacek; nieces, Shelly Cernohous and Shari Ptacek.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Audrey; children, Patrick (Jayne) Cernohous and Julie Ann Cernohous; grandsons, Jack and Craig Cernohous; brothers, Charles (Lorraine) Cernohous, Paul (Carol) Cernohous, Michael (Alice) Cernohous; nieces and nephews, Christy Owen, Vicki Barker, Richard Cernohous, Bobbi Jo Gray, Todd Cernohous, and Tanya Nygaard.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Cullen Crea Funeral Home in New Richmond. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, presided by Father James Brinkman and Deacon Michael Germain, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, New Richmond. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Mass.

Cullen Crea Funeral Home, 715-246-2667.