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Kenneth G. Ashcroft, age 85, went to be with his God on September 29, 2018, at his home in Alexandria.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Pastor Pete Reishus officiating. Music is provided by Mary Anderson, Caleb Anderson, and Jody Englund. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409. Inurnment will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery, Alexandria.
A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Kenneth Guy Ashcroft was born on January 25, 1933, to Hugh and Queenie (Tyson) Ashcroft in Byron, MN. He was raised in Plainview, MN and graduated from Plainview High School in 1951. He earned two degrees in English from Portland State University. He taught nine years at Kelso High School in Washington where he served as department head. He taught 23 years at Redwood Falls High School in Minnesota, also serving as department head. Kenneth was a published national and international poet and was nominated for “Who’s Who” in the State of Washington.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bernard, Ford, and Dale; infant daughter, Valerie Anne; and granddaughter, Melissa Devon.
He is survived by his son, Scot (Ginelle) Ashcroft of Alexandria; daughter, Dawn Ashcroft of Pine City; five grandchildren, Jeff (Amber L.) Rousu, Amber M. Rousu, Thaddaeus (Trish) Rousu, Jeremy Ashcroft, and Chad Ashcroft; and eight great-grandchildren, Samantha Gerdes, Marisa Rousu, Nehemiah Rousu, Liliana Rousu, Donovan Rousu, Johnna Rousu, Hezekiah Rousu, and Laura Rousu.
Honorary urnbearers are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.