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Kenneth Grussing July 18, 1944 - June 13, 2009

SWIFT FALLS -- Kenneth A. Grussing, 64, of Benson died Saturday at home.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is handling arrangements.

He was born July 18, 1944, in Benson to Harry and Doris (Bentley) Grussing. He grew up in the Swift Falls area, attended Rolling Forks District School and graduated from Benson High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. He was a helicopter crew chief for an ACH47 and was part of "Guns-a-Go-Go'' in Vietnam.

He married Vivian "Jean'' Lorenz on Feb. 20, 1965, in Benson. He worked as a mechanic for Northwest Airlines. He farmed the home farm until 1985, then worked for Simmons Fertilizer, and drove truck for Thompson Trucking and AGP. They had an antique shop in Benson and owned and operated the Swift Mercantile Store in Swift Falls until he retired.

He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife; his children: Lynn (and Ron) Lundebrek of Benson and Alan (and Liane) Grussing of Benson; four grandchildren; and siblings: Joan Bock of Bernalillo, N.M., and Shirley (and Harlen) Wickam of Grandy, N.C.