Kenneth Ralph Howard, 81, of Dodge Center, MN, formerly of West Concord, MN passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. 

Kenneth was born on February 9, 1941, in West Concord, MN to Earl and Gladys (Jorgenson) Howard.  He graduated from West Concord High School in 1959.  After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 8 years.  He met Norma Bell while he was in the Air Force, they were married on January 19, 1962, in Rantoul, IL.   They have been married for 60 years.  After his service, they settled in West Concord, MN. 

Kenneth worked for McNeilus Steel for many years. He was a member of the West Concord American Legion for over 50 years. He was a fan of the MN Twins, enjoyed going to the casinos and spending time with his family and grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Norma Howard of Dodge Center, MN; children, Kenneth “Buddy” (Lisa) Howard of Lake City, MN, Barb (Tim) Robinson of Dodge Center, MN, Scott (Darla) Howard of Kasson, MN, and Doug Howard of St. Charles, IA; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Wendler of Kasson, MN and Lynn (Robert) Schwering of West Concord, MN; and many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Myron Howard; sister, Shirley Brugman; and brother, Wesley Howard.

A celebration of life will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2022, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 25 South Street SW Dodge Center, MN.  Burial will be held at a later date in Concord Cemetery in Concord, MN with military honors by the West Concord American Legion.

To share a special memory or condolence please visit, Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 25 South Street SW P.O. Box 502, Dodge Center, MN 55927 (507) 374-2155. Blessed be his memory.