Kenneth A. Herther, 81

Kenneth A. “Kenny” Herther, 81, of Slinger, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at Cedar Community in West Bend, after his third courageous battle with cancer and other diseases.

Ken was born June 11, 1934, on the family farm homestead in Slinger to Henry Sr. and Frieda M. (nee Krueger) Herther. He was the stepson of William “Bill” Eckert, and the youngest of six boys. He was baptized July 29, 1934, at St. John’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Slinger, which is now Faith United Church of Christ. He was confirmed May 18, 1947, at St. John’s Evangelical Reformed/St. Paul’s Church in Ackerville. He attended Werner Pond School, Cooney River School, Hartford Union High School for two years, and Slinger High School, where he was involved in football and the Future Farmers of America.

He was united in marriage to Joyce Schlafer on May 24, 1958, at St. Jacobi Church in Richfield. Ken was the fourth generation on the family farm, which he owned and operated with Joyce for more than 40 years. They retired and moved from the farm in 1993 and his youngest daughter and family took ownership. Ken continued to work various jobs at Leisner Top Soil, Goeman Wood Products and for other dairy and horse farms in the area. Ken served on the council and choir at St. Jacobi Church, the Washington County Farm Bureau as director for six years, Tri County Dart-ball League from (1958-1997), Wauzaukee Dartball League (1998-2012) and the Faith Cemetery Committee. In 2006, he joined the 1022 Club in Hartford, which he loved to attend several days a week.

He enjoyed listening to polka, country music and the WTKM radio station. He also enjoyed watching Milwaukee Brewers Baseball and Green Bay Packers games, among other sports on TV or on the radio. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, playing baseball with his girls and grandkids, woodworking, attending the grandkids’ sporting events and church/ school programs. Ken also liked visiting with friends and family and traveling to Hawaii; Chicago; Duluth, Minnesota; Ohio; and Phoenix, as well as many farm progress shows in the state of Wisconsin. Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Joyce Herther; cherished children, Sandra “Sandy” (Daniel) Neuburg and Susan “Sue” (William) Nehm, both of Slinger; the light of his life grandchildren, Sarah (Tom) Belk, Katelyn (friend Cody Grudzinski) Neuburg, Cheryl (Marcus) Asmus, and Scott and Curtis Nehm; cherished great-grandchild, McKinley Belk; special cousin-in-law, Art Swede; and dear siblings-in-law, Charles Naab, Viola, Sylvia and Caroline Herther, and Euneva Novotny. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other loved relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. (Frieda) Herther; stepfather, Bill Eckert; siblings, Merlin, LeRoy (Edith), Harold, Henry Jr. (Phyllis) and Norbert Herther; siblings-in-law, Karen Naab and Franklin Novotny Sr.; and his infant granddaughter, Stacey Lynn Neuburg.

Funeral services for Ken will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Faith U.C.C. (2895 Slinger Road, Slinger, WI 53086) with the Rev. Sharon Stier officiating. Ken’s family will greet relatives and friends from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Faith Cemetery Slinger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to: Faith U.C.C. in Slinger, the Hartford/Slinger Relay-For Life (P.O. Box 902, Pewaukee, WI 53072), the 1022 Club (1022 Sell Drive, Hartford, WI 53027) or to Cedar Community (5595 Highway Z, West Bend, WI 53095) would be greatly appreciated.

The Herther Family would like to thank the Rev. Sharon Stier, Patty Thurloff and the staff at the 1022 Club, the doctors, nurses and staff at the Aurora Medical Center and Cedar Community Countryside, and Cedar Hospice for all of the wonderful care given to Ken and his family.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at