Kenneth Mulligan

Jan. 28, 1925 — Feb. 24, 2018


BANCROFT – A funeral Mass for Kenneth J. Mulligan will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft with Father Edward M. Girres officiating. Burial is in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Bancroft American Legion.

Kenneth James Mulligan was born Jan. 28, 1925, in Bancroft, son of Frank and Florence (Nemmers) Mulligan. Kenny attended St. John’s Catholic School and was drafted in the United States Army during World War II. Following his service, he went to college at Buena Vista in Storm Lake. 

On Feb. 21, 1955, Kenny was united in marriage to Maxine Kay “Mickie” Penton at St. Benedict Catholic Church. They were blessed with six children; Vickie, Steve, Kelly, Dan, Nancy, and Julie. They together operated Mulligan Insurance and Real Estate for many years. Kenny also farmed, served as a Federal Crop Adjuster, and also served as Kossuth County Weed Commissioner from 1997 until 2008. Kenny and Mickie enjoyed traveling and spending their winters in Arizona. They proudly served as Grand Marshals in the 2012 Algona St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Kenny loved being with his family especially enjoying attending all his grandchildren’s many sporting events. He enjoyed playing pool and he was very proud of his Irish heritage. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus; and a 70-year member of the Bancroft American Legion. 

Kenneth J. Mulligan died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Accura Healthcare Center, Bancroft at the age of 93. He had been a resident there since 2014.

He is survived by five children, Vickie (Roger) Godfredsen of Milford, Steve (Teresa) Mulligan of Bancroft, Dan (Allison) Mulligan of Mesa, Ariz., Nancy (Brian) Hatten of Bancroft, and Julie (Phil Goche) Laubenthal of Bancroft; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Marjie Menke of West Des Moines, and Marilyn (Jack) Healey of Louisville, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kelly Mulligan on June 23, 2015; his wife, Maxine on Oct. 4, 2017; his parents; and his siblings, Thomas Mulligan, Joseph, Richard and Lawrence Mulligan in infancy, Maxine Borris, Arthur Mulligan, Monica Fuchs, and Patrick Mulligan.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left to

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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