In Memory of

Kenneth John Borth

June 20, 1951 - February 6, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Kenneth John Borth

Kenneth John Borth

Born: June 20, 1951
Died: February 6, 2021
Age: 69

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 Kenneth “Ken” John Borth, the son of Laris John and Doris Lorraine (Semerud) Borth, was born on June 20, 1951 in Sleepy Eye, MN. He was raised and received his early education in Fairfax, MN, graduating from Fairfax High School.  Following high school, Ken held various jobs before starting his own auto body shop in Fairfax.

     Ken married Laura Fahey in June of 1969. To this union three children were born. They moved to Creston in 1978 where he managed an auto body department of a local dealership. In 1980, he moved to Spencer, where he was a body shop manager at Don Pierson Ford and then worked at Bob Burns’ dealership in Spirit Lake before starting his own business.

     On July 15, 1989, Ken married Kim Parks Mohr in Okoboji, IA. Ken spent the last 40 years in Spencer, where he started Ken Borth Auto Body which then expanded into Ken Borth Auto Plaza. Ken had many hobbies when he wasn’t working. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and going to the  Sturgis Rally, classic cars, camping, boating, having weekend brunch with his family and spending time with and teasing his granddaughters.

    Ken was larger than life in all aspects of the phrase. He was the most gentle grandfather, the strongest father and an incredible friend to many. His strength knew no bounds. Few people are as sarcastic, yet genuine, as Ken, a balance only he could truly master. He helped countless people, always with the wit distinctive to him. Ken would not have wanted us to be sad for too long. Instead, he would want us to be together and exchange stories and laughs. We will do just that at a celebration of his life sometime this spring. We will mourn his absence here on earth, but will continue his unrelenting legacy.

     Ken passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, at the age of 69. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Penny Borth.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kim of Spencer, IA; his sons: Chuck and his wife, Liz of Spencer, IA, David and his wife, Becky of Overland Park, KS, Bill and his fiancé, Maile of Des Moines, IA; his stepson, Jason Mohr of Spencer, IA; his 8 grandchildren: Marisa, Mollie, Abby, Carly Ella Leighton, Greyson and Jaxon; his brother, Jerry Borth of St. Cloud, MN, his sisters: Margaret Meyer of New Ulm, MN, Brenda Johnson of Fairfax, MN and Ann Borth of LeSeur, MN; other relatives and many friends.

                     “Enjoy Your Next Ride, Ken”

 

SERVICES
A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 2:00 - 6:00P.M., at 1502 35th Avenue West, Unit #1 in Spencer.

Memorials my be directed to:
Sandra J Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
411 2nd Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901

If you would like to send a card:
Kim Borth
320 Southmoor Drive
Spencer, IA 51301

Condolences

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:46 AM
“Kim, I am so sorry to hear about Ken. I'm sure he and John are sharing a lot of stories. Both gone to soon. Christie Lucas ”
- Christie Huffman Lucas
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:07 PM
“Our church rented vans from Ken on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, we had a fender bender on our return from the Black Hills. Ken was very gracious when I returned his dented van. When I checked back after the repairs were completed, he emphasized that our insurance company was very easy to deal with. His words were a very unexpected and welcome encouragement, a reflection of his kind spirit. I will miss him. God's special peace to all of the family.”
- Randy Jipp
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Kim and Family, So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful written obituary - so perfectly said.
Sincerely
Aletha ( Back) Lenz”
- Aletha Lenz
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“So sorry to hear of Kens passing! Some of the best memories of my childhood involve Ken! He was the best teaser and had the most contagious smile! Our thoughts and prayers are with Kim and the family! ”
- Stacy Schomaker Hoss
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:50 PM
“Sorry for your loss Kim, always liked Ken, he was a real good guy.”
- Mike Durst
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:50 PM
“Brenda, and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. How difficult to lose a sibling! I cant begin to imagine it. Praying Gods love poured out on all of you as you say goodbye to your brother. ”
- Linda Knutson (Kretsch)
Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:22 PM
“Ken was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor, a kind man who enjoyed people and will be missed by many! Blessings for Peace and Comfort . . . ”
- Molly Mulqueen
Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:47 AM
“I feel so Bad, I will miss Ken a Lot, he was a really nice Guy and good friend, so kind and always happy, and always ready to help anyone who needed help, My Thoughts & Prayers to Kim and the entire Family, Rest in Peace my friend!!”
- Archie Dunham
Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:55 AM
“Kim and Chuck: I am SO SAD. I love you all. Please know that. God be with Brother Ken.”
- Ney McDaniel
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:33 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Ken our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Steve and Barb Meyer
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:49 AM
“We will ALL miss Ken.... Such a Great Genuine Funny guy. Kim, Jason and Borth family, our Sincere Sympathy to your family today and in the days ahead. our Airport Friends!”
- Your Spencer Airport Friends including Wrigley
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Very sad to hear of Ken’s passing. What a great guy who always treated us well when doing business with him. His friendly fun nature and acceptance will be remembered by our family. You have our thoughts and prayers.”
- Todd and Sandy Curry
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Sorry to hear of Ken's passing. No doubt he will be missed by all with his unique personality and character honesty. Thoughts & prayers for you and your family during this time. ”
- Jen Ingledue
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:01 PM
“Ken was a great guy I always enjoyed. His signature chuckle and friendly smile will stay with my memories. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.”
- David & Jan Hopkins
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:53 AM
“So sorry for the families loss.”
- Barbara Kay
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“Kim and the entire Borth family. We are so sorry for your loss. Worm was a special guy and his memories will live forever.”
- Allen and Nancy Borth
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“Kens family, my sympathy to the family. GOD BLESS”
- Dee Jackson
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“Thinking of all of cousin Worms loved ones! He was taken too soon, but no longer has to endure the fight against cancer. He left knowing how much you all loved him. Hugs to everyone.”
- Jean (Dummer)Bode
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“Kim, Chuck and Liz (children) I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending prayers your way!”
- Sandy Enderson
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“Sympathy to family”
- Gerry and Duane Liebl
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Kim. there are no words to express the loss of Ken. He was a good friend and always treated us with integrity & humor. Eldon will miss their car talks. May God wrap His loving arms around you & give you strength at this difficult time. Our sympathy to you & your family. Hold all the great memories close in your heart to keep Ken always near. God's blessings.
- Pat & Eldon Larsen
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“To Ken’s family:
We are sorry to hear of Ken’s recent death. We always enjoyed doing business with Ken... and appreciated his sense of humor! There was a time when we had three of our vehicles in his body shop getting work done in the same month due to accidents, deer , etc. and we remember Ken joking that we were going to make his top 10 list of customers for that month... a distinction we didn’t really want. But he made us smile! May you smile thru your tears as you recall stories and fond memories that help you in your grief .
David and Jane Kruse”
- David and Jane Kruse
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Worm’s passing! My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family!
- Joan Dummer
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“Kim and family, I was so sad to hear of Ken's passing. I always enjoyed coming in and visiting with you guys. RIP Ken”
- Tom Morse
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:24 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of Cousin Worm’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts to the entire family. ”
- Steve Dummer
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:24 PM
“Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Cousin Worm. He is gone way too early. Prayers & thoughts to you all. ”
- Kris (Dummer) & Gene Wiltscheck
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1:23 PM
“Dear Kim, Know that I am praying for you and your family. May God’s peace and love surround you.... and May Jesus carry you through the coming days, weeks and months ahead. One day at a time....”
- Joan Loring
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1:23 PM
“Kim and family, we are so sorry for your loss, keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jim & Barb Meyerdirk
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:52 AM
“Kim and family,
We’re so very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to all of his family. He was heck of a great guy. He’ll be missed by many. Sending love and prayers.”
- Dan and Jeanice Regnier
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:14 AM
“I am sending my sympathy and prayers to the entire Borth family.”
- Sandi Nielsen
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for peace to his family. RIP Ken.”
- Mike & Renee Juza
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“Praying for you ”
- Jessica elg
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Ken. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
- Jill and Brad White
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“I'll never forget the great times we had together Brother!! Almost making Kim mad a time or two! God's Speed to Kim, Chuck, Dave, Bill and Jason.
You will be missed Big Dog.”
- Ed Evans, Char, Caleb and Justice
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:44 AM
“Dear Kim and family: Our sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
- Barry and Dana Anderson
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:44 AM
“Kim and family, we are so sorry for you loss and are here for you if you need anything. Kim, you and Ken have always been so kind and loving to all that you meet and are friends with. You were so supportive when my brother Jim died and I will cherish that always. I know Jim will keep an eye on Ken in Heaven and we will all cherish the memories of Ken down here. We are praying for all of you. Love you all! Carl and Laura Carlentini”
- Carl and Laura Carlentini
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:44 AM
“Please accept our sincerest condolences for Ken's family. His life touched a lot of people. Truly a gentleman. May you all have many arms holding you through the tough days ahead. Our thoughts and many prayers will be with you.”
- Frank & Della Jeffrey
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:44 AM
“Many Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family at this time.”
- Anita Sue Petersen
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM
“Kim and Family, we are so sorry to hear about Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Bob and Lavon Montgomery
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM
“our deepest condolences go out to your family, thoughts & prayers..... Godspeed Ken !!”
- Rhonda & Steve (goobe) Essick
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM
“Kim, we wish to extend our sympathy and prayers.”
- Lowell & Janet Madsen
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM
“My sincere sympathy to the Ken Borth family. It is hard to say good-bye to such a good friend.”
- Pat Barrett
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM
“When I got my dream car, Ken treated me and my silly VW like he understood how much it meant to me. He ran his business with such integrity, and I never hesitated to recommend him to my friends. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing, and I pray that memories will comfort his family. ”
- Lori Taylor
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM
“Kim an family sorry to hear about Kens passing Hugs to all of you.”
- Brad an Beth Blair
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:42 AM
“Kim and family, we send our sympathy for the passing of Ken. God Bless”
- Marc and Connie Heien
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:42 AM
“Kim so sorry to hear about Ken, you will be in my prayers during these difficult times!!”
- Kay Scott
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:42 AM
“My deepest sympathies to all !!!!
He was one of the good ole boys .... he will be missed by many ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:42 AM
“Kim. So sorry to hear please know your in our prayers”
- Sally Sandvig
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:42 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the many years of working with Ken. He was a great guy! ”
- Shelly Bergstadt
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:42 AM
“Kim and Family,

We lost a helluva good one!! Please accept my deepest condolences. ”
- Brad Nair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:47 AM
“Kim - So sorry to learn of Ken's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Gina Ean
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:46 AM
“So sorry for your loss, your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Conrad Family
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Kim and family,
My deepest sympathy and prayers for all of you. Cherish all your memories and great times together.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Kim, and the entire Borth Family. We were so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. We will cherish all the awesome memories that we have had over the year's. May the Lord wrap his arm's around you at this difficult time and comfort you with peace. God Bless.”
- Doug & Carolyn Alger
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“I am sorry to hear Ken passed away. Prayers for comfort and peace for your family!”
- Brenda Griffin
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