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Kenneth (Ken) Joel McGuire

July 19, 2021

Kenneth (Ken) Joel McGuire

With deepest sorrow, we announce that Ken McGuire, age 62, son, brother, uncle, family member and friend died on Monday, July 19th doing what he absolutely loved…riding his Harley with a friend.

Those who knew Ken, will miss his gift of conversation, positive attitude, kindness, humor, stories, and uncanny ability to make connections with everyone he met. Ken loved a waiting line just so that he could meet someone and get to know their story.

Ken enjoyed so many adventures in life, learned many lessons along the way and always met new friends in the multiple places he lived and worked. Mountain climbing, kayaking, sailing, camping and motor cycle riding were some of his favorite activities.  He worked in appliance repair, as an electrician, building aircraft, semi-trucks, and settled in as a conductor and train engineer for many years with BNSF.  He loved the wildlife and scenery from the engine of a train.

One of Ken’s greatest accomplishments was more than 20 years of “one day at a time” through the support of AA.  Ken had many strong mentors and was a mentor to many others participating in the program.  Everyone in the program was his extended family.

Ken was born in Rochester, Minnesota.  He was part of a very large extended family including 16 aunts and Uncles and 100 plus first cousins.  He thought the world of all of them and is again entertaining those that passed before him. Brenda and Ken’s favorite pets were their dog Riley and cat Missy.

Ken especially adored his twelve nieces and nephews and seven (about to be 8) great nieces and nephews. Ken was a very special uncle to all of them!

Ken, tragically lost his wife of more than 15 years Brenda (Stubby) McGuire only 9 months ago and was also preceded in death by his niece Kristen.  He is survived by his parents Charles and Barbara McGuire, Brothers Mark (Janelle) McGuire and Kevin (Phoelisa) McGuire; sisters Mary (Steve) Tyrrel and Kathy (Brent) Graham, Father-in-law Donovan Stubby and brother-in-law Bryan (Kristi) Stubby.

Recently in an e-mail conversation with Mary he gave direction for his visitation ceremony!  “OK, just prop me up beside the Juke Box and have a couple cold ones. A little bit of Clint Black and some George Straight music will be fine!”


Services for Ken will be as follows:


Petersen Funeral home, Newton, Kansas Sunday July 25th at 3:00pm. Rosary followed by a prayer service and sharing memories of Ken.


Thurday July 29th at 11:00 am.  St. Charles Boromeo Church, St. Charles, Minnesota.  Funeral Mass followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.


In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to AA or St. Mary’s church in Newton. Or to the donor’s choice of charity.


The service will be live streamed at www.redeemersaints.org



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16 thoughts on “Kenneth (Ken) Joel McGuire

  1. I met ken in Dallas in the mid 80’s along with his long time friends from Iowa. We were instant friends. Spent many days at the lake and many nights being s but crazy. I am sorry to hear about his passing. I will miss his laugh.

  2. To my friend Ken Mcguire.
    It was a pleasure and honor to meet you as a co-worker, friend and confidant. The breakfast’s, lunches and dinners with you in Galesburg will be forever remembered.
    Locomotive up in the sky.
    BLET Brother

  3. Ken was a joy to work with. It would be difficult to find a person more warm and friendly than he. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. Sympathy and prayers to his family.

  4. Ken was a good soul and good man to the core.
    He will be greatly missed by many, I’m grateful to God for putting us on the same path, if only for a brief time.
    My prayers are with his family, and I’ll see you again someday my friend.

  5. Dear Mary, Steve and all the family,
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    We want you to know you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Dave and Becky Reed

  6. Ken was a great guy and I will miss hanging out with him in Galesburg. He loved riding out to see his family and would talk about his trips. He loved hearing and learning about people he would meet. He is definitely riding off into the sunset. You will be missed kenny

  7. I am a childhood friend of Ken’s beloved Brenda — he made her so very happy and I remember her telling me about the love she felt from his parents and extended family. Im so sad for your loss but happy Ken is reunited with Brenda. My sincerest sympathies to the McGuire family.

  8. It was such a blessing to know Ken. He NEVER had a bad word to say about anyone. A great friend. He is and always will be sorely missed by everyone lucky enough to have known him. A big Minnesota Vikings fan for sure! I will see you again.

  9. Ken is and will always be missed by anyone lucky enough to have known him. Never heard him say a negative thing about anyone. Will see you soon my friend.

  10. Ken was by far one of our favorite BNSF guests. I am so grateful and honored to have met such an amazing person. Ken was definitely like family for all of us. He would always brighten the room no matter what and always so thoughtful. He brought pizza and DQ for the front desk staff regularly We will miss his stories, intriguing conversations and most of all his smile. Ken will always be remembered! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  11. Ken was a good friend and co-worker for around 20 years. Ken was a good caring person and it didn’t take long to recognize that. He was always willing help others. We were just planning to enjoy some lake time together. Ken kept his camper near my shop. I will miss the good sharing and cups of coffee we had together.
    Ken was a great guy and will be missed by many…..
    Wayne Kimball

  12. I remember growing up with him, been a while since I’ve seen him though. He was always a great guy. He will be missed by those who him.

  13. Ken never knew a stranger and would do about anything for anybody that needed help. Ken always made everyone around him feel he was their friend. I felt like I could talk to him about anything and often did. He would listen and not judge. He always gave great insight and seemed genuinely happy to see his friends. I think he was happiest when he was visiting with many others just like me waiting to go to work at the depot. Or hanging out on the other end of the road.

    I’m proud to have called him my good friend. He is missed.

  14. What a great guy Ken is/was… A joy to talk with… Ken will be missed dearly… RIP my friend…

  15. Sending our love and prayers to the family, I’ve been Brenda’s friend since kindergarten at McKinley School. May they both Rest In Peace together 🙏❤️

  16. God must have needed another angel in heaven to have called Ken home, I have good memories of him and will always remember in my prayers. My deepest sympathies for his family.

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