ALABASTER, Ala. — Kenneth George “Ken” Rolfes, 71, Alabaster, Ala., died May 1, 2019, at the Shelby Baptist Hospital, Alabaster.
A funeral Mass for friends and family will be at 10:30 a.m., May 13, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee. A reception will be held in the St. Boniface parish hall immediately following the funeral service.
Born May 15, 1947, in Yankton, S.D., Ken spent his childhood growing up on the Rolfes family farm in Cedar County. He was called to military service in the United States Army in July 1966, and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. Ken continued to serve over 16 years in the Army and Army Reserve, including time stationed abroad and various combat deployments. After being injured in battle during Desert Storm, Ken was honorably discharged from the Army in 1990 and eventually relocated to Alabama where he resided until his death.
An Airborne Ranger, Ken was the recipient of various military honors and awards including, but not limited to, a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with four Campaign Stars, Expert Marksman, and multiple Good Conduct Medals.
Ken was predeceased by his mother, Anna (Heine) Rolfes and father, Jerome Rolfes.
He is survived by his sons, Robert and his wife, Virginia, and their children, Geneva, Anne Marie and Copeland, Charlotte, N.C.; and John and his wife, Keke, and their children, Jackson and Nash, Lincoln; his siblings, David; Ron and his wife, Rose; Charlie; Joann Suing and her husband, Ron; and Rose Goeden and her husband, Dave; as well as many nieces and nephews.