Died: 12 October 2014
Kenneth C. Race, 83, of Arbor Vitae, passed away on Sunday, 12 October 2014, at The Pavilion at Glacier Valley in Slinger.
He was born on 27 November 1930, in the town of Saukville, the son of the late Elmer and Irene (Schulze) Race, and on 29 April 1950, he was united in marriage to Marion Seideman at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville.
Kenneth was a dairy farmer in Ozaukee and Dodge counties and received recognition as the Outstanding Young Farmer of Ozaukee County. He served as town chairman of the Town of Herman in Dodge County and was a volunteer fireman on the Iron Ridge Fire Department. Kenneth was a member of the Lions Club, the Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club and was a snowmobile trail groomer. In recognition of his grooming efforts, Kenneth was inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Kenneth also served as president and vice president of the Vilas County Chamber of Commerce and was the owner of Wihega Resort in Arbor Vitae. For years Kenneth and his wife Marion, were very active with the Seidemann Family Reunion serving as the Head of the Brat Stand cooking bratwurst, hot dogs and hamburgers on the day of our Reunions. They donated homemade Maple Syrup for the Silent Auction, and for several years they purchased the first place Kuchens of the Kuchen Contest. Those Kenneth leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Marion; five children, Kathleen (Mike) Matuszewski of Mayville, David (Patti) Race of Shawano, Judy (Bill) Mitchell of Waukesha, Cindy (Daniel) Fiedler of Colby and Jean (Tony) Brath of Iron Ridge; two sisters, Delores (Norman) Scheunemann of Manitowoc and Marlene (Vern) Shipley of Arizona, 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A private family gathering for Kenneth was held.
Kenneth is a sixth generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and is listed on pages x, 126, 268, and 337. He is also pictured on pages 67, 222, and 252. Kenneth will be deeply missed by his wife, his family and by all who knew him.