Kenneth `Ken` Vertein , Age 88

May 04, 1934 --March 07, 2023

Kenneth "Ken" Vertein, age 88, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Kenneth, son of George and Agnes (Steinhorst) Vertein was born May 4, 1934. He was baptized in Christ on May 27, 1934 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Rock Springs and was confirmed in that faith on March 2, 1948 also in Rock Springs. On May 8, 1954 he was united in marriage to LaVeta Kapelka and enjoyed 68 years of marriage.

He graduated from Reedsburg High School and furthered his studies by attending UW-Platteville and later obtained a master's degree in education from UW-Madison. Ken was employed in education for his entire working career, spanning over 30 years. He was an elementary teacher, Principal of different schools and an Administrator for the Baraboo School District. He was a lifetime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church and enjoyed participating on their bowling team for over 50 years. He was a man of faith and always put God and his family first. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting deer, elk, turkey (to name a few), earning numerous awards and trophys. Ken held many offices with Conservation Congress; he was active with North Freedom Rod and Gun Club for many years. He took pride in their lake home (Keneta Kove) at Swan Lake.

Survivors include his loving wife, LaVeta; children, Regina (Bob) Derlein, Maria (Mark Titel) Vertein, Kerri Vertein, Annie (Brian) Standiford; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, (all who he loved dearly). He is further survived by his sisters, Dorothy Stieve and Marilyn Vertein; sisters-in-law, Faith Vertein and Marie Vertein and brother-in-law, Lester Kapelka.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George Vertein, Allen Vertein, Carl Vertein; son, Tim Vertein and grandson, Michael Baxter.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Baraboo, WI with Pastor Tim Kuske officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Military honors will be conducted at the church following the service.Private family burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Tim Kuske for his support during this time.


marlene powell Parchem March 08, 2023

friend of family baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss Marlene and Jerry

Michael Frommung March 09, 2023

Cousin Lawton , Oklahoma

My Condolences for the whole Vertein Family.

Gene and Jane Hanna March 09, 2023

Swan Lake Cottage friend PARDEEVILLE , Wisconsin

Our sympathy to LaVeta and family. Will miss seeing Ken as he traveled down the gravel road on Swan Lake to his cottage. Always a smile and a hearty hand wave. Sometimes a stop to chit chat about the latest cottage plan or venture. God's Blessings to all as they journey through this difficult loss.

Darcy Dunn March 09, 2023

Friend of Regina Madison , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss. I don't think I ever saw Ken without a smile on his face. Cherish all your memories. Hugs to the family.

Rita Geffert Leis March 09, 2023

My mom Helen Geffert was a first cousin North Freedom , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the Vertein family.🙏🙏

Monica Carroll March 09, 2023

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

REMEMBER Joyful memories avound; As friends and family gather 'round; Stories told time and time again; Of happy times he brought them. Author: Monica Carroll

John and Patti Swenson March 09, 2023

Family Friend DE FOREST , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss, Sending prayers and wishes for you and your family at this time.

Robin Derlein March 09, 2023

Family Blairstown , Iowa

Our deepest condolence, our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Love, Jeff and Robin.

Gwen (Bell) Drolshagen March 09, 2023

Family friend from the past Berlin , Wisconsin

My deepest condolences to the Vertein family. I fondly remember Ken as being a family friend (neighbors) of my dad's (Bob Bell).

Linda Trager March 09, 2023

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Annie, Sorry to hear about your dad Thinking of you at this time

Terri M Lemon March 10, 2023

Future Sister-in-law to Maria and close friend Menomonie , Wisconsin

Sending my condolances to the family Maria, sorry you lost your father My prayers are with at this time and with your family

Marilyn Forbush March 10, 2023

Friend BARABOO , Wisconsin

I just want you all to know I have been thinking of you and praying for you during these difficult days! I know you are a strong family and are comforting and supporting each other. God's blessings to each of you. Marilyn

Michael Heiser March 12, 2023

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

I am so sorry for your loss. Ken was a kind man and I enjoy bowling with him for years in our association. He never had a bad word for anyone. A true sportsman.

Teresa Kern March 13, 2023

ex student Dacula , Georgia

Mr. Vertein was my 6th grade teacher and I remember him fondly. Sending condolences to his family.