Ken was born in Independence, Iowa, on January 15, 1947, to Harold Sr. and Marie (Holtz) Wulfekuhle. He was the eldest of six children. The family moved to Edgewood when Ken was in second grade, where he later graduated from Edgewood-Colesburg High School in 1965. Ken went on to Iowa State University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1969, and subsequently, his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. During those years he met and dated his soulmate, Judy K. Jorgensen, of Fort Dodge, IA. The couple married on June 21, 1969, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames. After graduation, Ken joined the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Elgin, Iowa, where he practiced for nine years. Thereafter, the Wulfekuhles made their permanent home in Edgewood. Ken (‘Doc’) became partner and senior member of the Edgewood Veterinary Clinic, where he finished his 42-year career, retiring in January 2015.
Ken was passionate about making a positive impact in his community. He served as a member on the school board of Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District from 1987-1993. He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Edgewood and served there on Parish Council, Finance Board and Education Board. At St. Mark’s he also taught classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA); served as Eucharistic Minister; and proudly earned the Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus, where he actively emphasized the human Right to Life.
Survivors include his wife, Judy, of 48 years; four children – Dr. Sheryl (Mike) Hansel of Cedar Falls, IA, Dr. Bryan (Kimberly) Wulfekuhle of Peoria, IL, Kara (John) Wessel of Colesburg, IA, and Melanie Wulfekuhle of McFarland, WI; and seven grandchildren. Also living are his mother, Marie; siblings – Danny (Becky) Wulfekuhle, Linda (Al) Williams, Harry (Kathy) Wulfekuhle Jr., all of Edgewood, and Debbie (Larry) Philipp of Ankeny, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Carol Jorgensen of Edgewood; and many nieces and nephews.
Ken was preceded in death by his father, Harold Sr.; his brother, Michael; and two grandsons, Logan and Conner Hansel.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes all memorial donations to be gifted to the University of Iowa Foundation, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244-4550.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating.
Visitation: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, where there will be a 6:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary and a 7:00 p.m. Scripture Service by Rev. John Haugen. Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday.
Per Ken’s wishes his body will be donated to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program following the Mass.