Kenneth "Skeeter" Ellsworth Giving

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  • Name: Kenneth "Skeeter" Ellsworth Giving
  • Location of Birth: Walker, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 18, 1919
  • Date of Death: June 23, 1996 (76 years old)
  • Parents: Peter Giving and Cora (Mohler) Giving
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    Kenneth was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Kenneth attended schools in Walker, Minnesota. He moved to the Calumet and Marble, Minnesota areas in 1951 and had been a resident of Taconite, Minnesota for the last 28 years.

    He married Marjorie Kemmer on December 20, 1941, in Walker.

    He was a maintenance mechanic at Hanna Mining Company for 30 years, retiring in 1982. Kenneth was a member of Taconite American Legion Post and Walker VFW Post.

    Information from a news article in the Eastern Itasca Review, dated June 27, 1996:
    On Sunday, June 23, 1996, at approximately 12:20 p.m., the Itasca County Sheriff's Office received a call of a vehicle that had rolled into the water at Tioga Mine Pit. The vehicle had one person inside.
    Emergency personnel responded to the scene and learned from witnesses a car had rolled into the water and that a male party was in the car at the time the car submerged. The male party was identified as Kenneth Ellsworth Giving, 76, of Taconite.
    Witnesses at the scene had made several attempts to rescue Mr. Giving from the car. Divers were called in to recover the body from the vehicle. Mr. Giving was transported to Itasca Medical Center by Meds I Ambulance Service where he was pronounced dead.
    The Itasca County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cohasset Fire Department, Grand Rapids Fire and Police Departments, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers, Nashwauk Fire Department Divers and private divers from the Grand Rapids area.

    Kenneth died in a car accident at the Tioga Pit near Cohasset, Minnesota.

    Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Dorothy Van Steenwyk.

    He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Jeanette Troumbly and Dianna Cogswell; three sons, Ronald, Dennis, and Terry: two sisters, Shirley Parks and Lois Moore; eight brothers, Melvin, Bob, Marvin, Russell, Donald, Dwayne, Larry, and Dale; eighteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

    Kenneth is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Original - Block 30, Row 7, Lot 40).

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