Kenneth Niel Svendsen

September 15, 1929 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old


Kenneth N. Svendsen 94, Passed away January 6, 2024.  He was born September 15, 1929 in Chinook, Montana.  The son of Nels and Ane Svendsen.
He graduated from Hogeland High School in 1948.  He enlisted in the Air force in 1950.  Serving as an instructor on the B-29 Bomber for 4 years during the Korean Conflict.  He was honorably discharged 1954.   Kenneth married Donna Hill on October 10, 1952 in Topeka Kansas.  They moved to Kalispell Montana where he worked for Bauch & Lomb Optical as an Optician.  He served as branch manager in Great Falls, Montana as well as Walla Walla, Washington.  He was a past member of the Elks Lodge and the Montana Jaycees.  He opened his own optical store in Helena, Montana from 1984-1989.  He then sold the store and retired to Kalispell.  Where he built a cabin on Ashley Lake, he also was having their home built at the same time.  He dearly loved spending time at their Ashley Lake Cabin be it Fishing, family or Friends.  He also took up painting, woodcarving and building outdoor Chairs and birdhouses.  His children and grandchildren have many of his paintings and handiwork.  He was an active snowmobiler for many many years and he and Donna spent time traveling the US and Canada well as Mexico.  They would spend time in Arizona during the winter.
Ken is preceded in death by his wife Donna (2017) his daughter-in-law Ann (2022) his parents 2 brothers and his sister. 
He is survived by his children Deborah (Dan) Weed of Polson, Cheryl (Rand) Stalhberg of Kalispell, Ken Of Helena.  Three grandchildren Jason, Sarah and Jacey.  As well as great-Grandchildren Aiden, Austin and Livia.
Services for Ken will be announced later in the spring.  Memorials may be sent to Stillwater Lutheran Church, Hospice of Ronan or any Charity of your choice.  Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

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