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Kenneth A. Kafton

August 20, 1944 October 13, 2019
Kenneth A. Kafton
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Kenneth A. Kafton, age 75, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2019, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mapleton, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal services will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of Mapleton, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Kenneth Anthony Kafton, the son of Nels P. and Zelma M. (Uhl) Kafton, was born August 20, 1944, in Ute, Iowa. He was raised on the farm near Mapleton, Iowa and attended Maple Valley High School graduating with the class of 1962.

On September 1, 1962, Kenneth was united in marriage to Peggy Wolfe at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mapleton. The couple was blessed with four daughters: Kimberly, Lynne, Michelle and Julie. Kenneth was employed at Brown Shoe Store, Northwestern Bell Telephone and General Telephone. In 1971 Kenneth began his true passion of farming. The family engaged in crop and livestock farming and later moved to the family homestead. Farming was his life and it brought Kenneth great joy to be farming his family’s Century Farm.

Kenneth was a faithful and devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree member and served as a former Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator and Assistant to the Master. Kenneth was also a hospice volunteer for Burgess Hospital and a former Boy Scout leader. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing cards with his friends. He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 57 years Peggy Kafton of Mapleton, IA; daughters Kimberly (Chad) Scholes of Liberty, MO, Lynne (Cory) Vaselaar of Sheldon, IA, Michelle (Bill) Gaukel of Sergeant Bluff, IA and Julie (Russ) Fuller of Sun City, AZ; 13 grandchildren: Brandon (Dani) Scholes of Kansas City, MO, Taylor (Nic) Mohr of Denver, CO, Hannah Scholes of Lincoln, NE, Sydney Scholes of Liberty, MO, Amanda (Shawn) Kruttlin of Linden, MI, Connor and Cody Vaselaar of Sheldon, IA, Sara (Ben) Pottebaum of Pueblo, CO, Jack Gaukel of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Alex Burchard of Jacksonville, IL, Kristen Burchard of La Plata, MD, Josiah (Abby) Burchard of St. Louis, MO, Seth Burchard of Sun City, AZ; 7 great-grandchildren: Gavin, Aiden and Adley Kruttlin, Lily Scholes, Madison and Colton Mohr, Ellen Pottebaum; brother David (Celene) Kafton; sisters Joan (Bruce) Utterback and Carla Fick; and sister-in-law Linda Kafton.

He was preceded in death by his parents Nels and Zelma Kafton; grandson Leo Maurice Gaukel; brothers Garry Kafton and Larry Kafton; and sister-in-law Connie Kafton.
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5:00 PM 10/17/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/17/2019 7:00:00 PM
Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home - Mapleton

210 South 5th Street
Mapleton, IA 51034

Knights of Columbus Rosary @ 6:30 p.m. Vigil Service @ 7:00 p.m.

Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home - Mapleton
210 South 5th Street Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM 10/18/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton

201 N 8th Street
Mapleton, IA 51034

St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton
201 N 8th Street Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Mapleton, IA 51034

Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

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