Kenneth A. Dobson, age 94, of Rochester, died Friday, July 19, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys Campus.
Kenneth Austin Dobson was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Pleasant Grove, Minn., to Austin and Effie (Sackett) Dobson. He moved to Rochester as a child and attended Central High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served at the Battle of Anzio, earning two Purple Heart Medals. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota and worked for the State Hospital as a patient aide.
On Feb. 18, 1949, he married Lois Carpenter. Ken started his career with the United States Postal Service in Rochester as a clerk, and retired as a civil service examiner after 36 years. Ken and his family survived a Tornado in 1962, which destroyed their home in Rochester. He was a charter member of Faith Church, and a member of VFW Post 1215, both of Rochester.
The couple moved to Lake City in 1980, where Ken was employed at Lake City Town Homes in maintenance. Ken was an active member of New Hope Church in Lake City, where he served as a soloist and on the church board. He enjoyed traveling, World War II history, golf, and carpentry. The couple wintered in Florida. They moved back to Rochester in 2016. Ken was deeply loved by friends and family around the country and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Lois; two daughters, Kathy Dobson of Rochester, and Becky (Roger) Carey of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two sons, Bruce (Marcia) Dobson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Bryan Dobson of Long Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his daughter-in-law, Leah Dobson of Rochester. His son, Terry; grandson, Shiloh Carey; his parents; four sisters; and two brothers preceded him in death.
The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Rochester Chapel with Pastor John Hodgell of New Hope Church officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove with Military Honors by the Wm. T. McCoy Post #92 of the American Legion. Memorials are suggested to Mayo Hospice. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.