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Kenneth John Fosness, Jr.

November 6, 1956 ~ August 21, 2021 (age 64)


Kenneth John Fosness, Jr., 64, of Cloquet, Minnesota, passed away at his home with his family by his side, on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Ken was born November 6, 1956, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Kenneth John (Theodora Harder) Fosness, Sr.  When he was ten years old, the family moved to Alborn, MN, where he stayed and graduated from high school. There he married his lifetime friend, Lorraine Houle, and moved to Cloquet where they remained. Ken was a proud member of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa, and for a few years served as a Conservation Officer for the Reservation. He joined the trucking industry, driving over-the-road for many years and then for Fond du Lac until he retired in March, 2021.

Ken loved to fish, telling his fishing partners, “I can catch fish on wet grass.” He enjoyed working on old lawn mowers and small engines and could fix anything with the help of Youtube. He especially enjoyed spending time with his “little family and grandchildren.” Special memories include his trip to Sturgess on his Harley with his brothers. His loved ones remember Ken as a gruff-looking, gentle giant of a man with the kindest and gentlest of souls, willing to help others as the need arose.

Ken will be lovingly remembered by his sons Kenneth III and Steven (Melissa); grandchildren Jonathon, Devon, Bradley, Eden, Jaxxon, Halee, Racheal, Ava, Bailey, Dragos, Mia, and Rhiley; sisters Gail Omundson, Renea (David) Johnson, Wendy (William) Janke, Lynn (David) Wichlaz, Theodora (David) Paulson, and Sandra Fosness; brothers Michael (Lisa) Fosness and Charles (Cheryl) Fosness; sisters-in-law Briana and Brenda (Ronald); and special lifelong friend Lorraine Houle.  He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Theodora Fosness.

A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 28, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Fond du Lac Cultural Center, 1711 Mizhaki Road, Cloquet, MN. This will be a gathering of family and friends to share food and fellowship and special memories.

Arrangements are being provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service, serving Northern Minnesota.

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Celebration of Life
August 28, 2021

5:00 PM
Fond du Lac Cultural Center
1711 Mizhaki Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

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