Knut "Ken" Klarholm

Saturday, July 27th, 1929 - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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Knut “Ken” Klarholm
1929 – 2019

Ken Klarholm passed away at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home, Estevan, Sask. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Ken was born on July 27, 1929 at Shand, Sask. He is predeceased by his parents Henning and Borghild Klarholm and his parents-in-law, Andrew and Eva Konashuk. He is also predeceased by one sister, Lorraine Wheler, one sister-in-law Inga Klarholm, and one brother-in-law Trygve Laland.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Mary Klarholm with 54 years of marriage, and his three step children, Larry and Marie Sopko; Shirley Peterson, her husband Steven, and their three children Kyle, Krista and Kurtis; Victoria Miller, her husband Brian, and her two children Aaron and Regan Brady. There are also many greatgrandchildren of the above. Ken is also survived by two brothers, four sisters and other close family members, his sister-in-law, Helen Bogdanek, her husband John - their children Alvin and Dan; Gordon Klarholm - his children Beverley, Leona, Barbara and Eric; Babe and Margaret Klarholm - their children Darren, Kim, Susan and Debbie; Mildred Wreggitt - her children Linda, Evelyn, Donna and David; Marina Laland of Norway - her children Kathy-Ann, Toni, and Tor Henning; Betty Penstock, her husband Don, - their children Jason, Byron and Penny; Loretta Elford, her husband Stewart, - their daughter Juanita; Lorraine’s children Laura, Robert, Marcie and Trevor; his brother-in-law, Milton Wheler. As well, Ken has numerous cousins and relatives in both Norway and Sweden.

Ken had a passion for fishing and he did so many times on the Rafferty Reservoir with family and friends, but his favorite was fishing on the Pacific Ocean. Farming was Ken’s life - in his younger years, he and his brother Gordon spent a few winters in lumber and logging camps in B.C. and Manitoba.
Ken and Mary Sopko were married in Grande Prairie on October 26, 1965. At the time, Mary was a young widow with three children, and they moved to our farm north of Macoun. The children grew up on the farm, attended the Macoun Elementary School then the Estevan Comprehensive High School. Shirley became a Mary Kay consultant. Victoria became a high school mathematics teacher. Larry became a petroleum engineering technologist.

Ken and Mary enjoyed grain farming and raising cattle for 40 years before retiring to their home in Estevan. They travelled to Norway and Sweden to meet his relatives. They also travelled to Las Vegas, the Okanagan, Victoria, and many times to the Peace River region to visit Mary’s relatives and friends. They got to know many wonderful people in Estevan, and were an integral part of the church community. Ken loved music especially country, gospel, old time, and bluegrass. Ken and Mary loved to dance and meet new friends.
Ken took pride in saying, “Life is a Blessing – rejoice, dance, and be happy”. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the opportunity and the pleasure of meeting him during his lifelong journey.

A service to celebrate Ken’s life was held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Estevan, Sask. with Rev. Lori James presiding. Immediately following the service a time of fellowship and refreshments took place in the church social hall. Interment took place at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens.

Those wishing to make donations in Ken’s memory may do so directly to Trinity Lutheran Church, 738 2nd Street, Estevan, Sask., S4A 2B3.

Deb Heidinger with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted Ken’s family.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 2:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church - Estevan
    738 - 2nd Street
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    Rev. Lori James
  • Interment

    Souris Valley Memorial Gardens
    Highway 39 West
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  • Reception

    Trinity Lutheran Church - Estevan
    738 - 2nd Street
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John,Hellen,Danny,Alvin,Cheryl,Tanya,Ty,Brandon Bo

Posted at 11:48am
Our deepest sympathies.Ken will be forever in our hearts.
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Kathy Ann K. Tveit

Posted at 09:15pm
I have so many good memories from the holidays in Canada, visiting uncle Ken and family
Those memories will have a special place in my heart.
Uncle Ken was such a nice person and I will miss him alot.
Condolences to the family from Kathy Ann in Norway 🇳🇴

Morris/Helen Bidulka

Posted at 09:07pm
Our prayers and thought are with the Klarholm family in the loss of Ken.We have fond memories of him when we were growing up as neighbors right up until a few years ago. It was so interesting to talk to him about "old times" because his mind was so clear and he remembered so many interesting things that happened at school and in the Rolling Meadow community. We will always remember the whole family with great regard.

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