Kenneth Milton Faaberg, 79, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, after a long illness fought with courage and grace. A visitation is at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion Friday, July 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a memorial service following. The burial is at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery following the service. All guests are respectfully required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Due to Covid concerns, we are unable to offer any lunch reception. Condolences may be left at cedarmemroial.com under obituaries.

Ken was a resident of Marion. He was born in Decorah June 5, 1941, to O. Kenneth and Margaret J. Faaberg. Ken was united in marriage Oct. 12, 1974, to Beatrice Sova.

Ken graduated from Iowa State College of Engineering and was a member of the ROTC. After graduation, he served as a Captain in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. He returned home to Iowa and worked the night shift for several years as an industrial engineer at Square D/ Schneider Electric.

During the same time, he owned and operated a farm near Alburnett. When Square D downsized, he went to work at Iowa Highway Equipment/Terex, where he retired. Ken worked as an industrial engineer and farmed for over 41 years.

Ken’s heart and passion was farming, which he began as a young boy when he spent his summers working on his grandparents’ farm in Decorah. He loved tractors, bulldozers and anything related to farming and excavating. He enjoyed fishing and collecting trains. Ken was always willing to help. His usual response when asked, was “I guess we could do that.”

Ken is survived by his sisters, Sonja Dunlap and Lonnie (Mike) Landis; nephews, Kevin and William; niece, Ann; great-nephew, Aaron; great-nieces, Claire and Zoe; step-son, Jim (Judy) Sova; step-daughters, Terry Yiesley and Deb Sova; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, O. Kenneth and Margaret Faaberg; and his wife, Beatrice Sova.