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                 Kenneth Joseph Eschenbaum

                         ( 1917 - 2003 )    


                                     KEN & DOROTHY ESCHENBAUM FAMILY
                                                               James, Larry, Diane, Dale.  Sitting are
                                                                                     Ken & Dorothy


Kenneth and Dorothy Horning were married September 11th, 1940, in Faulkton, Faulk Co. South Dakota.  Dorothy was the 4th child of Ross and Sadie Horning.  She was raised on a farm southeast
of Cresbard.  She was the daughter of Ross and Sadie Horning and had two brothers and one sister.  Four showers were held in the couples honor using their colors of blue and white.  They were held at Monica Maloney's (Kuhl) Malinda Hansen, Mrs. Mary Cooper and the Sunshine Club in Cresbard.  Melvin Eschenbaum and Ilene Miller were their attendants.

Kenneth, second  ( photo 1917 ) son of William and Ida Eschenbaum was born and raised on a farm southwest of Faulkton.  He had three brothers and three sisters. 

After a short honeymoon in Aberdeen they lived with Ken's folks on a farm southwest of Faulkton until March 17th the following spring when they moved to a farm south of the Latham School 


                                                                    Ken and Dorothy  ( late 40's - early 50's )

Later, they also lived in Faulkton then farmed near Cresbard and back on his father's farm in the early 60's.  Later they moved to Faulkton permanently with Ken working at Bus's Standard Gas station with his brothers Melvin and Rolland (Bill).  He worked his final job as the janitor for the Faulk Co. Court House.  Heart issues caused Ken to retire from that position.  Dorothy taught school and spent her later years working at the Shirk Memorial Home.  They have 4 children;  Richard (Larry) James, Dale and Diane. 

Larry lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He married Thelma Grenz, who died in 1980 due to diabetes complications.  They have one son, Craig who is now married and also lives in Aberdeen. 

James married June Bauhs and live in Sioux Falls, SD.  Jim is a printer and June works in retail.  They have two children, Kevin and Lynn.   Both of his children were married in 2006.  Kevin lives in Sioux Falls, S.D. and Lynn lives in San Antonio, Texas. 

Dale married Joan Binfet and they have two children, Todd and Rochelle.  Dale owns a cabinet construction company with Todd as one of his employees.  Joan owns a home decorative business.  They live in Faulkton, SD.  Rochelle lives in Waseca, Minnesota and works as lab director in the local hospital which is part of the Mayo Clinic consolidation. 

Diane married Tim Yerdon and they lived in Milbank, S.D.  Tim was a teacher and Diane worked at the local bank.  They have two sons, Bradley and Todd Joseph.  Of interest, Tim is the son of Bus Yerdon, Ken's previous boss from the Standard Gas Station.  Diane & Tim now live in Sioux Falls to be nearer their grandkids. 

Ken and Dorothy enjoyed their retirement years living at the Senior Center in Faulkton until their deaths.  They are buried together at the Faulkton Cemetery, Faulkton, SD. 

Of note, Ken and his brother Melvin were only 11 months apart in ages.  They grew up together, slept together, farmed together, worked with each other argued with each other and kept in close contact throughout their lives.  Ken and Melvin were the last two in the family to survive.  Ken died two years before Melvin.  Melvin had said losing Kenny was the worst event in his life.  He really missed him. 

One of the memories that Ida told me was one time as kids the two boys were fighting in the house.  She told them to go outside to play so she could have some peace.  Before she knew it, she heard a racket outside and there those boys were in the car fighting and kicking.  Well, one of them kicked the windshield out.  She went out there and pulled them out of the car and told them to wait until their father came home!  She said they both got a good licking from that one. 


                                                                                    Melvin & Kenneth