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Kenneth Queensland, 87

Feb 2, 2015

Blue Earth Kenneth Queensland, age 87, of Blue Earth, died Jan. 24, 2015. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth, the Rev. Clark Cary officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Ken was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Jewell, Iowa, the son of Carl and Ella (Jacobson) Queensland. After serving a year in the U.S. Navy he attended Iowa State College, in Ames. Following a year of teaching in Radcliffe, Iowa he also served two years in the US Army. He returned to school earning a master’s degree in education at the University of Minnesota and then joined the Blue Earth school staff. After time as a teacher and assistant principal he became the Superintendent of Schools at the age of 31 and continued in this role for 30 years. He served as the president of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and was on the United Hospital Board for 20 years, eight as chairman. He was a board member of the local Wells Fargo bank, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a long time Kiwanis member and past president. During his career he started the Blue Earth Educational Assistance Fund and was secretary for 30 years as well as an AARP tax aide for 20 years. He was involved in the local mentoring program and an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving on several boards and three terms as president.

Honors included the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, Bush Fellowship for Educators, Sertoma Service to Mankind award and the Blue Earth Community Service award. He and his wife Elloyce hosted five foreign exchange students. Fishing, traveling, golf, church and family were his interests. He was a kind and compassionate man of great faith, always available for anyone in need of assistance. Everyone he knew was treated with dignity and respect. His tactful leadership skills and flair for fun and humor were evident in his life.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elloyce Queensland, of Blue Earth; son, Kent (Jane) Queensland, of Shoreview; daughter, Amy (John) Bobence, of St. Louis Park; granddaughters, Kelly (Adam) Fairbairn, of Denver, Colo., Kristen Bobence, of St. Louis Park, and Katy Queensland, of New York, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie Ann Queensland.

Memorials preferred to ELCA World Hunger fund. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com.