Kenneth R. Stoddart
Kenneth “Ken” Robert Stoddart went home to his heavenly Father on Father’s Day, June 17, 2018. Ken was born in Fond du Lac on August 13, 1926, the son of Albert and Mabel Breecher Stoddart.
Ken started working in a paint store while in High School. When the owner of the paint store started the Bestt Rollr Company, Ken joined him and spent his entire working life with the company achieving the role of President. Ken was also an inventor and held many patents for different types of paint rollers, roller handles and equipment used in the manufacture of paint rollers. His job took him to other countries, including Australia, Denmark, Scotland and England. He loved traveling. His adventurous spirit started early, evidenced by a bike trip from Fond du Lac to Niagara Falls when he was 15.
Ken joined the ROTC while in Fond du Lac High School and upon graduation he joined the Navy. He attended Lawrence University and Marquette University while in the Navy.
Ken had 4 daughters, but as Scout Master for Boy Scout Troup 7 at the First Baptist Church he had many surrogate sons and enjoyed camping and canoeing trips with his boys. Ken loved attending theater performances, especially musicals. He was an active member of the Reunion Committee for the Fond du Lac High School Class of 1944.
Ken was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, serving the church in many ways; including driving a church bus, many years plowing the parking lot and was still teaching weekly Bible Study Classes at age 91. Ken loved the Lord and he loved his family; spending many hours teaching his kids and grandkids to swim and water ski. Summer weekends he could be found on Lake de Neveu driving the ski boat and flipping burgers on the grill.
Ken is survived by his four daughters; Lynda Bacon Lawlis (Gary Anderson), Marcia (James) Pflum, Sue Stoddart and Karen (Willie) Rangel; 9 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister-in-law Priscilla Stoddart, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Jane Wagner, his brother the Reverend Bill Stoddart and his former wife Mary Lea Eckert.
The family would like to thank the staff at Harbor Haven-Sunset for their loving care during the final months of Ken’s life and Agnesian Hospice for their support during his final days.
Services will be held Saturday, June 23rd at First Baptist Church 721 E Scott St. Fond du Lac. Visitation will begin at 9:30 until the time of the service at 11:30. A Private Committal Service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Ken’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkimachfuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420