Kenneth Putzier

Kenneth A. Putzier, 87, of Storm Lake died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. 

Funeral mass was held Monday, April 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth A. Putzier was born on Aug. 20, 1930 in rural Woodbury County. He attended a country school through sixth grade. Ken graduated from Battle Creek high school in 1947, then attended the Gates Waterloo Business College. He worked as a bookkeeper until June 1951 when he was drafted into the Army and served two years during the Korean War. On Aug. 29, 1953, he married Mary Lucille Waters in Cherokee. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in May 1956 with a BS degree in accounting. That fall Ken passed the CPA examination and moved to Kansas City where he worked for a national accounting firm for four and a half years. In December 1960, he joined a local CPA firm in Storm Lake and became a partner with Hunzelman and Putzier in 1963. He retired from the accounting firm on Dec. 31, 1995.

He was active in Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, including serving as president. Ken was appointed by the governor of Iowa to serve three, three-year terms on the Iowa Board of Accountants and also served as its Chairman.

Ken belonged to Storm Lake Rotary and served one year as president. He belonged to St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus, Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Storm Lake Chapter of SCORE and Storm Lake Pride. Ken was also involved in Storm Lake little league baseball, served in Boy Scouts and the YMCA Indian Guides.

Ken was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, enjoying nothing more than spending time with his family.

His hobbies included golf, fishing, hunting, sailing and following the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa football teams.

Ken is survived by his four children: Patrick (Kathleen) Putzier of Salina, Kan.; Jeffery (Jane) of Boone; Ann Putzier of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Mark Putzier (Kim Milligan) of Omaha, Neb. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; two sisters, Norma Castor and LaDonna Ledden; and a brother, Roger Putzier.