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March 22, 1939 – July 4, 2023

Kenneth Raymond Habisch, age 84, of Waverly passed away on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 at his home.

He was born on March 22, 1939 in Winsted, the son of Henry “Hank” & Evelyn (Deidrick) Habisch.

Ken was baptized on March 26, 1939 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Before Ken graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1957, he had enlisted in the Army Reserves. Upon high school graduation, he immediately left for boot camp in California and honorably served his Country.

In 1965, Ken built his home on Little Waverly Lake and made plans to stay there until the day he died.

On January 28, 1967, Kenneth R. Habisch and Frances M. Mau were joined in holy marriage at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

God blessed their marriage with two daughters: Annette (Wally “Pete”) Peterson of Waverly and Susan (Steve) Bakeberg of Buffalo.

On June 30, 1974, Ken became a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was a faithful member and served as the church treasurer for more than thirty years.

Throughout Ken’s life, he worked as a professional welder and pipe fitter at Sterner Industries in Winsted and later retired from Sentry Fire Protection in Waverly. Many have said that there hasn’t been a better welder around.

Until Ken’s illness slowed him down, he enjoyed fishing off his dock and took several fishing trips up to Canada.  Ken was the fish fillet master. Never a bone was to be found!

He also was an avid deer hunter and hunted grouse and bear near Two Harbors.  He looked forward to the hunting season where he’d travel up to stay at ‘the shack’. Whether he was successful in the hunt or not, he looked forward to helping whoever the lucky hunter was with dragging the game out of the woods and processing it as well.

Ken loved nature and did his best to pass this passion along to his daughters and grandchildren.

Ken was a person who could fix anything.  Anytime his daughters or son in laws needed help with any project, he was there to help.  He was someone we could always depend on for great advice.

Ken really enjoyed working in his yard too.  Before his illness, his yard was immaculate, and the lawn was lush and always green.

Ken’s pride and joys were to watch and hear about his grandchildren’s activities. He loved going to all their sporting events and watching them play basketball or shoot trap. He’d always search for their names in the newspaper to see if they were mentioned and especially searched in the Honor Roll reports to find them.  He loved sending them little cartoons and jokes with lots of emojis which always included the cowboy emoji.

Along with Ken’s wife and daughters, Ken will be missed by his five treasured grandchildren: Spencer, McKenna and Coltonn Peterson and Nicholas and Jacob Bakeberg.  Siblings: Carol Miskovsky and Henry “Hank” (Shell) Habisch; a brother-in-law: George Foede; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law: Donald Miskovsky, Joe (Joanne) Mau and Erwin (Peggy) Mau, sisters-in-law: Betty (Gerald) Johnson and Karen Foede.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 8th from Noon to 2 P.M. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose.

The Memorial Service will immediately follow visitation at 2 P.M. at the church.  Pastor James Grabitske will officiate.

Inurnment with military rites will be at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Montrose.

Urn Bearers will be his five grandchildren.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.    Online condolences may be made to



6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tammy and Mark

    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.

    Sending love and hugs ❤️🤗

  2. Linda

    Fran, so sorry to see this. You would just glow when you talked about Kenny back in the CDI days. You and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Dick & Ginger Gabrelcik

    Franny, so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Dick & Ginger Gabrelcik

    Franny, so very sorry for your loss. Ginger & Dick

  5. Fran Luhman

    Frances, So sorry to hear about Kenneth. He was a cousin to my Dad.

  6. Jason

    I am glad you have so many good memories he left all your family with. He was a great guy and will be missed.


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