Kermeth Kornkven

Kermeth Kornkven, 86, of Bottineau, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in a Minot hospital. His funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., in First Lutheran Church, Bottineau. Visitation will be today, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Carbury.

Kermeth Kornkven was born in Bottineau on July 31, 1927, to lver and Hannah (Haugen) Kornkven. He attended classes in the rural Souris area, graduating from Souris High School. After serving in the Navy, Kerm married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Larson, in January 1949. They farmed the Kornkven homestead near Souris until moving to Bottineau in October 2009. Other than the time spent serving his country and the past three-plus years, Kerm lived his life on the farm. Joyce passed away Sept. 16, 2012.

Farming was a way of life for Kerm. Working the homestead land alongside his brother, Art, then in partnership that included brother, Ray, and finally in semi-retirement with his nephew, Bob, brought Kerm great satisfaction. He also worked for Ray’s Construction, keeping its records and as project foreman.

Community was important to Kerm. He served on the Souris School Board, Trinity Church Council, and Haram Township Board and was involved with the Souris Community Club. Kerm enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing a strategic game of Scrabble with his family. He also enjoyed making gifts in his woodworking shop. However, his main focus was his family. Kerm shared 63 years with the love of his life, Joyce. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren learned through his guidance but primarily by watching his example of living life with integrity and humbleness, helping others, and having a strong work ethic.

Kerm passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Trinity Hospital, Minot.

Kerm is survived by: his daughters, JoAnn Mortenson, of Bellevue, Wash.; Beverly (Bill) Schoen, of Grand Forks; son, Ken (Sheree) Kornkven, of Portland; grandchildren, Alexia (Phil) Heidt, Ryan (Diane) Mortenson, Devan Mortenson, Lisa Kornkven, Chad Kornkven, Kyle (Kelly) Kornkven, Kari (Ted) Hasz, Erik Kornkven and Will Schoen; great-grandchildren, Marcus Kornkven, Alex and Sophia Brakvatne, MyKayla, Devin, Jayden Kornkven, Ellie and Isaiah Hasz and Jack Kornkven; brother, Ray (Junet) Kornkven, Bottineau; sister, Bernice Larson, Cut Bank, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gilbert, Nels and Art; sisters, Hannah Kornkven, Blanche Ostrom, Ann Kornkven, Ida Erickson and Ruth Kornkven; son-in-law, Donevan Mortenson; and great-grandson, Kaleb Kornkven.

Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at (

Memorials: The family requests that memorials be given to the Bottineau Good Samaritan Auxiliary and the St. Andrew’s Health Center Auxiliary, Bottineau, or a charity of the donor’s choice.