Kenneth W. Hegstad, Feb. 17, 1924 — Feb. 4, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 4:48 p.m. CST; updated 11:25 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 11, 2014

*UPDATE: This obituary has been updated by Memorial Funeral Home.

Kenneth W. Hegstad, 89, of Columbia, MO, passed away February 4, 2014 at The Bluffs in Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Kenneth was born February 17, 1924 in Dickey, North Dakota to Seivert and Paula Hegstad. He grew up working in the grocery store his parents owned and operated, and graduated from Dickey High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 8, 1941 in Fargo, ND; He was assigned to the USS Maumee, which made several crossings between the east coast and North Africa/Mediterranean Sea.

He was medically discharged from the Navy after serving 2 years 10 months, and 21 days. Kenneth married Margaret “Peggy” Robbins on August 8, 1948 in Elk River, Minnesota. She survives.

They Returned to North Dakota to own and operate the family grocery store, a turkey farm, as well as a mink farm.

Kenneth was an avid amateur radio operator, and enjoyed flying his 2-seater airplane. They moved to Minnesota in 1962, were Ken worked for Land O’ Lakes.

In 1971, Kenneth and Peggy moved to Columbia, were he worked for MFA inc. as a poultry specialist until he retired in 1988. He spent his retirement years in Missouri and Arizona playing golf, and taking care of his rental properties.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Peggy, two children, Chris Hegstad, of Columbia, MO, and Donald Hegstad (Geri), of Hallsville, MO, seven grandchildren, Jennifer Herd (Nick), of Hallsville, MO, Susan Helming (Joe), of Ashland, Brian Hegstad, of Columbia, MO, John Hegstad, of Columbia, MO, Amanda Hyer, of Columbia, MO, Allison Hyer, of Columbia, MO, and Beth Hegstad, of Mankato, MN, and four great grandchildren, Landon, Reagan, Kelsey, and Madison.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Loretta Hegstad, on February 7, 2013, his parents, two sisters, and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to The Alzheimer’s association 2400 Bluff Creek Dr Columbia, MO 65201 or New Providence Baptist Church 4641 North Route E Columbia, MO 65202

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