Kevin J. Walsh, 87 of Moorland passed away May 26, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society in Manson surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 1st at Holy Trinity Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Barnum with military rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post 1856 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.
He is survived by his children Pat (Kari) of Waverly, Bob (Andrea) of Fort Dodge, Karen (Mike) Free of Alleman, Tom (Jody) of Barnum, Mary Catherine "Dee" (Corey) Cech of Pleasant Hill, and Anne (Dan) Condon of Barnum, 21 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 more on the way, his siblings Leo, Mark, David Walsh, and Sheila Sturdevant.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen Walsh in 2015, parents Leo and Catherine (O'Hern) Walsh, and his brother Greg Walsh.
Kevin was born in Fort Dodge on March 11, 1936. He was raised outside of Moorland and graduated from Barnum High School in 1954. He served in the United States Army as a Tank Operator from 1955 until his early honorable discharge in 1956 as the result of an accident to his dad at the farm. On July 7, 1962, he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Lawler at St. Matthews Church in Clare. The couple made their home outside of Moorland where they raised their family and farmed. Kevin was very proud of his farm being listed as a Heritage Farm being owned for more than 150 years. Family was everything to Kevin and he never missed the kids' events no matter how busy he was and always tried to make the grandkids events. He always made sure to make everyone in the family feel important. The couple loved to go dancing. Kevin was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Knights of Columbus, the VFW, served on the Clare Elevator Board, Webster County Fair Board and volunteered for the Barnum Fire Department for 56 years. In 2018, Kevin went on the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Kevin also enjoyed the fellowship and the occasional totty at the Junkyard in Barnum.
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