Kenneth Samuel Yantes, 76, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Starkweather, Cooperstown and Brocket, ND, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at Eventide Heartland Care Center. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Friday, Sept. 18 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 pm. at the funeral home with burial in the Devils Lake Cemetery. Because of COVID-19, please keep your health and safety and that of others in mind when attending services. The family appreciates your kindness and prayerful support. God bless you all. Ken was born May 21, 1944, to Sam and Ethel (Meyer) Yantes. He grew up and attended school in the community of Bisbee, ND, although he did spend part of his senior year attending Langdon High School when his parents bought the Case Implement there. Ken did return to Bisbee to graduate and to take care of his grandparents. Ken married the love of his life, Darleen Church, on Sept. 19, 1964. While living in Langdon, ND, he worked at the Yantes Case Implement and then moved to Devils Lake and worked at Mikkelson Case Implement. In 1968, “Kenny and Doll” made their home on the Mikkelson farm west of Garske, ND, where they would spend the next 30+ years of his life farming the land and raising their two daughters, Jill and Denise. He was active with the Trinity Bergan Lutheran Church, the Starkweather Rural Fire Department, the Ramsey County Farm Bureau, was a Township Officer, and tirelessly supported his daughters in numerous Starkweather School functions. In 1999, they moved to Cooperstown, and then moved to Brocket, ND, in 2004. Ken worked passionately with the North Dakota Township Officers Association. He enjoyed decades of lobbying at the legislature while they wintered in Bismarck, ND, during the legislative sessions with his wife by his side. He always had the wellbeing of the State of ND, agriculture, and the farmers close to his heart and mind. After Darleen’s passing, after a long courageous battle with cancer in 2013, Ken did move to Devils Lake to be closer to his daughters. Ken is survived by; his six younger siblings, Dean (Bonnie) Yantes, Jane Yantes Botz (Brad), Jean Yantes Sedo (Phil), Lloyd (Deb) Yantes, Faye Yantes, and Virginia Yantes; and the many nieces and nephews that were bestowed to our family. Ken is survived by; his daughter, Jill and her children, Amanda (Kyle) Haugland, Michael (Shayna) Haugland, Michelle (Trent) Haugland, Roxy Nass Cichos (Tate), and Riley Nass; and the 11 great-grandchildren he cherished. Also, Randy and Calvin Nass, great-grandsons that are blessed additions to our family through marriage. Ken is also survived by; his daughter, Denise Yantes Gratten and her children, “Little Kenny”, Tommy Gene, Alesha and Lovelei. Also Makayla and Zander Gratten, blessed additions to the family through marriage. He was preceded in death by; his parents, Sam and Ethel Yantes; and his beloved wife, Darleen Church Yantes. Ken cherished his many friends that he has made through the years. May the knowledge that he is reunited with his wife bring you peace and happy memories.
Posted online on September 17, 2020