Kenneth Phinney, 1921-2016

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Memorial services for Kenneth Paul Phinney and Shirley Arlene Comstock Phinney of Albert Lea, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion honor guard. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Kenneth Phinney

Kenneth Phinney

Ken died Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Kenneth P. Phinney was born on the family farm in southwest Beadle County, South Dakota, on Oct. 12, 1921. He attended country school through eighth grade and then graduated from Letcher High School in 1940. Ken worked for two years in his Uncle Frank’s grocery store. He served in the Navy Reserve from September 1942 to November 1945. On January 30, 1943, Ken married his childhood love, Shirley Comstock, in Auburn, Alabama. After returning from the service, Ken was a meat cutter for 12 years in South Dakota and Minnesota. He then was a letter carrier in Albert Lea from 1962 until he retired in 1984. Upon retirement, Ken moved to Custer, South Dakota, where he worked part-time as a handyman. He was involved in his churches and the Lions Club International. In 2001, Ken moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, due to health issues. In 2009, he moved to Albert Lea to an assisted living facility and to be closer to family.

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Ken is survived by son, Michael, and his wife, Julie, and their son, Matthew, and his wife,

Jen, and their children Maeve and Liam; son, Patrick, and his wife, Linda, and their children Shannon and her husband, Joe Wheeler, and Casey and his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Samantha; sister-in-law, Donna Shafranek; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorials preferred to First Presbyterian Church or the donor’s choice.