In Memory of Kenneth "Ken" Palm

Kenneth "Ken" Palm
Kenneth "Ken" Palm
Born: August 23, 1936
Died: September 15, 2018
Age: 82
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Kenneth "Ken" Palm
August 23, 1936 - September 15, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Kenneth “Ken” Palm, age 82, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate with Committal Services following in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. A rosary will be held at 4:45 p.m. and a vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Kenneth Arthur Palm, the son of Arthur and Goldie (Couch) Palm, was born August 23, 1936, in Arthur, Iowa. Ken grew up on the farm and attended school in Arthur graduating with the class of 1954. After high school he worked for various farmers, then at Midwest Industries for a few years and drove a Standard Oil truck. He eventually found his forever job working for Lunzman Trenching for over 30 years.

On November 25, 1956, Ken was united in marriage to Beverly Hansen. The couple made their home in Ida Grove and were blessed with two children: Michael and Lisa. Beverly passed away in 1986. Ken married Shirley (Baker) Densmore on April 10, 1987 and blended their two families. 

Ken helped in the formation of the Ida County Flyers club in the 1970’s and greatly enjoyed flying after obtaining his pilot’s license. Ken loved to fix anything he could find, especially motors. He bought and traded guns and enjoyed fishing. 

Ken was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He particularly liked taking his grandchildren to Albrecht’s Pharmacy for an ice cream treat when they came to town. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Shirley Palm of Ida Grove, IA; his children Michael (Karen) Palm of Valparaiso, IN and Lisa (Steve) Spriggs of Ft. Worth, TX; stepsons Jim (Robin) Densmore of Ida Grove, IA, John Densmore of Phoenix, AZ and Mike Densmore of Ida Grove, IA; 4 grandchildren: Sean (Jennifer) Brownlee, Ethan (Jill) Palm, Erin Palm and Heather (Matt) Baxter; 3 step grandchildren: Skye Densmore, Meghan Densmore and Justin Sheakley; 3 great-grandchildren: Ryan Baxter, Hadlee Brown and Barret Brownlee; 2 step great-grandchildren: Kennedy Sheakley and Chloe Sheakley; brothers-in-law Jim (Caroline) Baker of Red Oak, IA and Jerome (Joan) Baker of Holstein, IA; sister-in-law Sharon Courter of Belleville, MI; numerous extended family and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Goldie Palm; his first wife Beverly Palm; a daughter in infancy; brothers-in-law Bob Courter and Jack Baker; sister-in-law Faye (Jim) Wellendorf.



10:30 a.m., Thursday
September 20, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Kyle Baker
Sean Brownlee
Brett Friedrichsen
Joe Friedrichsen
Ethan Palm
Justin Shaekley


5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday
September 19, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary at 4:45 p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.


Julie Hamann, Organist & Cantor

"Here I Am Lord"
"Gift of Finest Wheat"
"You Are Mine"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:15 PM
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was such a talented fella. Sending thoughts of peace and comfort your way.
The Conover's”
- The Conover's (Dan & Shelley)
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM
“"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow." Robert Louis Stevenson

So many memories of Shirley and Kenny as neighbors across the alley. Good friends over the years with the Weber family. Kenny will be so deeply missed. Our thought and prayers are with you, Shirley, and family.”
- Gene and Linda Bockelmann
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM
“Shirley, Mike and Lisa, The thoughts and prayers of the (Don) Baker family are with you at this difficult time. Many fond memories of Ken-a wonderful man.
- Lue E Baker
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 9:10 AM
“Sincere condolences to the family. Kenny will be missed. ”
- Ken and Ken Bryan
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 9:17 AM
“Shirley and family, Thoughts and prayers to you. God Bless”
- Colleen Hare
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:19 PM
“Kenny was a man of all trades could fix anything. We enjoyed getting to know him over the years. He will be missed. Such a gentle soul. Our prayers are with your families.”
- Robert & Marie Baker
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 10:22 AM
“Shirley and family, Vicki and I want to offer our sincere condolences and prayers to you and your entire family at this very sad time. Kenny was a great man and will be missed by everyone that knew him. Take comfort in knowing he is in his heavenly home with his heavenly father.”
- Dennis & Vicki Ernst
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 9:47 AM
“Good neighbor and friend Will be missed. ”
- Julie Kollbaum
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 9:47 AM
Don't know if you remember me or not; I lived up the "river road" from you while we we growing up. So sorry to hear of Ken's death and wanted to send my sympathies to you.
- Lola (Sievertsen) Stephens
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 9:47 AM
“Ken Palm Families, Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. The Eldon Belstene family.”
- Julie Belstene - Eldon Belstene Family
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